Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a Democrat, refused to name a leader of his own party Wednesday during a discussion on MSNBC.
MSNBC host Katy Tur spoke with McAuliffe Wednesday afternoon about President Donald Trump’s agenda, and the Hillary Clinton ally would not name a specific leader of the Democratic party, even when pressed on the issue.
“You are a savvy guy. You are plugged in. You’ve been around Democratic politics a long time. You no doubt are having conversations behind the scenes. No doubt those conversations are being had probably every day. Who is the leader of the Democratic Party, right now?” Tur asked McAuliffe.
“I think there are many leaders of the Democratic Party—” McAuliffe told Tur, who interrupted him to press for a more specific answer, asking him to give a name. McAuliffe would only give a general answer that Democratic governors were leading the way.
“I’m not gonna give you — I’ll say the governors who are leading their states, creating jobs, building infrastructure, building an education system that works. We have to balance our budgets, unlike Washington — they print money, they still can’t balance a budget. We create jobs, we build infrastructure, we do education. Governors need to lead the way,” he answered. “Listen, I compliment the folks on Capitol Hill who’re doing what they’re doing, but, you know, we need some action out of Washington to help us compete on a global basis, and today, we’ve not seen anything out of Washington.”
“I’m just confused, because I’ve asked a number of Democrats, big names in the Democratic Party this question over the past six, seven, eight months, and I can’t get an answer from anyone,” Tur responded. “I can’t get one name from anybody about who’s leading the Democratic Party, right now. What does that say?”
McAuliffe didn’t answer directly, instead saying that there isn’t one specific standout leader and turning the conversation back to Trump.
“Things are not working in this country today,” McAuliffe said. “The Trump administration has done nothing but make it harder for me to bring jobs back to the commonwealth of Virginia.”
McAuliffe is one of several Democrats since last year’s election who has refused to name a specific standout leader of the party, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
In December, former Vice President Joe Biden wouldn’t give CNN host Jake Tapper an answer to the same question, saying there wasn’t a “single” leader. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D- Calif.) suggested that former President Barack Obama could still take that title, even though he had left office.
“Well, President Obama was the president of the United States until just a matter of weeks ago. I don’t think that he can be dismissed as the leader of the Democratic Party,” Pelosi said at the time.
(H/T: Daily Wire)