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Bill Clinton Helps Virginia Dems Raise $1 Million

Fundraiser hosted at the McLean home of Terry McAuliffe

The Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus raised more than $1 million Friday with an appearance by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Clinton spoke to more than 300 Virginia Democrats for about 20 minutes at the home of former Democratic National Committee chair and in McLean, Va. 

"I got a pretty good idea how the 21st century works, and there's not a single successful country on the planet that operates on the theory that the government is the problem. Not one," Clinton said. "Every successful country has both a strong private economy and a smart strong government that work together to try to create economic opportunity, educational opportunity, provide decent health care and get a good future."

The Virginia Senate Democrats hold a slim majority—22 seats to the Republicans' 18 seats. 

"We're in a tight race. Everybody knows that. We've got five or six races that we are watching, we are helping, we are working," said Virginia Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-35). "We have not been outspent or outraised, even in the race for Governor, in one single race… and that's what's put us where we are today, and damn it, we're gonna stay there."

Guests paid between $1,000 and $10,000 to attend the fundraiser, and McAuliffe said Virginia can't afford Republicans. 

"Ronald Reagan raised taxes 13 times. I know it was his 100th birthday and everybody's all jacked up, but that's what you get when you get them," he said, adding that the fundraiser is the biggest moneymaking event in the history of Virginia General Assembly races. "Folks, we need money to fight, because we know we're right on the issues. And if you don't fight, you don't win."

Clinton decried the Tea Party and its influence on Washington. "The last thing you want to do is to stick this violent part of America with an anti-government strategy in every level of government," he said. "Every state senator here will find a way to survive [if they lose], but you will pay a price, and the children of the Commonwealth of Virginia will pay a price."

rob October 29, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Warner, Webb and Connally have voted lockstep with the dummocrats since Obama was elected. Our economy is in the crapper, and it is truly amateur hour in the White House. So, the dems march out Bill Clinton, who has the morals of a two-bit hooker, to garner support, and seemingly intelligent Virginia citizens spit up a million bucks to continue to support a political party that is hellbent on spending the US into oblivion. Yep, I am clinging to my guns and religion, because if Odumbo is reelected, that is all I will have left.
Tonto October 29, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Since the liberal media is abandoning Occupy due to the cold in the east we can now expect the next grand distraction away from the white house. Lets see, how about Obama - hero of Iraq, or, Obama Fearless Leader of Word War III ?
Anna Gibson October 29, 2011 at 10:39 PM
After too many years of Republican pandering to the lowest common denominator to protect the highest earners with nonsensical taglines and pablum, I am glad to see Occupy Wall Street representing the rest of us. Call me the intelligent middle. And I am glad to see the President who saw our nation through the best of times for ALL (not just a privileged few) is helping raise money for the guys who will give us a sane counter balance to Eric Cantor and his fellow right wing nuts.
Ariell Kirylo October 29, 2011 at 11:17 PM
More than anything, this piece is an important documentation in photography. I see you are using your new lens! Brilliant.
Tonto October 30, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Ah, reality so painfull :)
John Farrell October 30, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Did slick willie acknowledge his part in the 2008 melt down: signing the repeal of Glass/Stegall? Did anybody thank him for that brilliant piece of economic policy?
Susan Larson (Editor) October 30, 2011 at 03:21 AM
There are a range of strong beliefs and feelings being expressed. Thank you. As you write your opinion, please remember to be respectful of others. Patch does not allow defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane or offensive comments. I have deleted two comments for being abusive/offensive.
Tonto October 30, 2011 at 04:05 AM
Please excuse us conseratives as we easily forget what a sacred cow Clinton is :)
B J Jackson October 30, 2011 at 05:15 AM
Do not understand why people must leave such hate filled rhetoric. I doubt we will ever be able to bring people together for the greater good.. As long as we are so critical of each other the world will one day implode from all the hate. God bless us all and please shower this world with some love and peace.
Concerned Citizen October 30, 2011 at 01:19 PM
You still have a "news" article sponsored by a political campaign (Danner) - yet you deleted this legitimate question / observation regarding your journalistic integrity. You allow vitriol but squelch reasonable questions. My, my, my....
Susan Larson (Editor) October 30, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Dear Concerned Citizen: Not sure to what you're referring. The deleted comments were personal attacks against others. Patch does not "squelch reasonable questions" or comments. If you had a comment deleted, feel free to post it again in a respectful voice. Thank you.
anne gruner October 30, 2011 at 02:45 PM
In addition to repealing Glass-Steagall, that had prohibited banks from engaging in full range of investment activites, the Clinton Administration in 1995 revised the "Community Reinvestment Act," originially passed in 1977 by Pres Carter, to increase the number and amount of mortgage loans to low income borrowers, which some allege helped cause the subprime housing crisis. Clinton's Sec of Treasury Rubin also rejected Clinton's own CFTC chairman's call to regulate private derivataive contracts, which became a major spark of the global financial crisis. While there is plenty of blame for all, seeds of the current problems were planted under Clinton.
Will Radle October 30, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Carter Glass was an impressive Democratic U.S. Senator from Virginia who also co-sponsored the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. We need to restore Glass-Steagall as it was signed into law by FDR on June 16, 1933. Thank you for the informative review on President Clinton's legacy. Anyone not seeing the obvious connections between the Great Depression and the great recession is keeping their eyes closed tight. http://www.semp.us/publications/biot_reader.php?BiotID=606 As an advocate for transparent, accountable government, I am listening and will take responsible action. In Fairfax County we will address issues directly and openly, especially when they appear controversial. A. Will Radle, Jr. Independent Candidate for Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com http://YouTube.com/WillRadle1
John Farrell October 30, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Carter Glass was an unapologetic racist who bragged about disenfranchising 125,000 Virginians of African American descent. The 1995 CRA amendments had next to nothing to do with the 2008 meltdown according to CBO, GAO and many independent analysts. According to those same sources, most of the subprime mortgages were refis of folks who amply qualified for their original purchase and used the subprime loan to pull all the equity in their home after the fact.
Will Radle October 30, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Carter Glass was a Democratic US Senator from VA with an impressive legislative legacy. Thank you for informing us of his racism. I did not know; now I do know. Thank you. I noticed your reply referenced the CRA, not the Glass-Steagall Act. What is your opinion on Glass-Steagall? Do we agree, as I said nothing about the CRA? Again, thank you for stating Carter Glass' record as a racist. We need to know and to stand for equality. Sadly, we have many in the Democratic party of the same period who had that flawed mindset. A. Will Radle, Jr. Independent Candidate for Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com http://YouTube.com/WillRadle1
Ellen October 31, 2011 at 02:28 AM
I am not exactly sure which Patch Susan Larson is associated with. I do get confused about which Patch editor monitors these articles sometimes. I log into Reston Patch and sometimes find myself on Annandale Patch when I click onto an article. Nevertheless, I was informed by Ms. Larson that my comment was deleted for being "abusive or offensive"!!??? My comment was NOT abusive or offensive. I simply disagreed with someone who called him/herself intelligent. Other commenters on are much more "offensive" than mine was. Anyway, I did not curse or call anyone a name. If I can't express my view (I'm careful now, believe me), I will not pay attention to any of the advertisers on Patch. Advertisers pay the $$$$$$ or the Patch goes under. I will try to spend my money at places that DON'T advertise on Patch if this nonsense persists
Karen Goff October 31, 2011 at 11:44 AM
Stacey - Susan is the editor of Burke Patch. I saw your comment. I agreed (without confering with Susan) that it was inappropriate. You are an experienced Patch user. You know the rules.
DAVE October 31, 2011 at 01:01 PM
Still the greatest President of my generation. And, this comes from someone who votes Republican.
Ellen October 31, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Fine, I will get my information elsewhere. Laurie, Patch agenda supporters never have their comments deleted. Advertisors on Patch will eventually suffer from this pettiness. I will not read any of the ads anymore.
DAVE October 31, 2011 at 02:09 PM
As bill would say: "Let's all have a hug" and move along. I can almost guarantee the advertisers of the Patch aren't concerned with your protest. Stay on topic, be polite and join the conversation.
Ellen October 31, 2011 at 02:36 PM
I agree that Patch advertisers are not concerned about my protest. I still want to do my part. It would take other ticked off Patch readers to make a difference.
Tonto October 31, 2011 at 02:45 PM
then i did see Monica in the crowd :)
James Cullum October 31, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Thanks for the comments, everyone. It's interesting that Clinton can still get people fired up in Northern Virginia.

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