♪ ♪ oh what a rain it would be. >> i would stand outside -- my crack producing team would stir that one up. thank you for joining us, everybody. let me know your thoughts on twitter, follow me @megynkelly, or facebook. if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. if you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan. what we've said was you can keep it if it has not changed since the laws passed. >> the president is now lying about his own lies. the obama care hearings rage on, on capitol hill. >> and i will stick by my statement. >> but as usual, there are no answers and no solutions from this clueless administration. >> i would not be the expert there. >> good afternoon. >> he has deceived the press and you, the american people, since day one. >> and is in response not to
united states policy. it is in response to a video. >> we deliver the definitive indictment against the president's chief spokesman, jay carney. >> i never lie. >> hannity starts right now. and welcome to "hannity." the president of the united states of america is trying to rewrite history. tonight for the entire hour, we'll be joined by a spirited bipartisan studio audience, and we'll turn things over to them in just a moment. but first, i want to explain to you fully, how the administration will say and do anything to cover themselves. and as one journalist described it today, this white house is now lying about lies they told. here is why, last night during a speech, president obama, instead of manning up like a true leader and accepting responsibility that he was not truthful to you, the american people when he promised that you could keep your doctors and your plans, instead, he just said this. >> if you have or had one of these plans before the
affordable care act came into law, and you really liked that plan, what we've said was you could keep it. if it has not changed since the laws passed. >> if it has not changed? that was president obama now claiming that he never made such a promise because i actually remember him saying this oh, 30 times, this one example back in 2009. >> first of all, if you have health insurance, you like your doctor, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor. you can keep your plan. nobody is talking about taking that away from you. >> oh, no if in that statement, so how can he say this then, last night. >> if you had this or one of these plans before affordable care act came into law, and you really liked that plan, what we've said was you could keep it. if it has not changed since the laws passed. >> so does the president not realize that we have dozens and
dozens of examples of him saying stuff like well, this? >> i have been as clear as i can be under the reform i propose. if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. if you like your health care plan you keep your health care plan. these folks need to stop scaring everybody. >> well, turns out we were not scaring anybody. history now proves we were the only ones being honest, unlike the members of the senate and congress and all their left-wing cohorts of the media and the white house. and i have a message, you are delusional if you think that taxpayers are going to forget any of this any time soon. >> if you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. period. >> and for reaction to this and much more we bring in our wonderful studio audience, good to see you, give yourself a big hand. tamra, you admit he lied?
>> no. you know what -- >> this is laughable, you don't admit he lied? >> i just got back from singapore. i had to wake up in the morning and listen to you first thing in the morning. it was very difficult for my day, but now i'm here trying to defend president obama, here is the issue. insurers are not keeping their word. president obama kept his word. >> no. >> oh, insurers should have already protected -- you asked me a question, why are you looking over there for help. insurers are not protecting the insured. >> suffering jet lag. >> somebody wanted to keep their insurance and yet they were not covered because of pre-existing condition, why should somebody be upset about that. >> tamra, what part of if you -- >> why would you -- >> if you like your plan you can keep your plan, period, he said. now -- >> if, he said if -- there was also the if part. >> no, there was no if. >> he said there was no if part.
>> he heard it -- new insurance companies need to follow the law, as well. and this whole grandfather clause is temporary, because the health care law was signed into effect march 23rd, 2010, three and a half years ago. policies change all the time, hhs says between 40 and 67% of policies change within a year, they only larsst a year. >> ron fornier, this is an interesting point, i don't often agree, joe trippi said the president is toying with a fragile commodity, his reputation. and what happens to this leader -- >> i agree with fornier that he is messing with his own credibility. the reason is, all the stuff they're saying now is the stuff they should have been saying, they should have said most or the vast majority. hang on -- no.
>> most people -- insurance's plans -- no, everybody's is going for change. everyone's is going to change, there are add-ones, there are add-ones to insurance, they cost money. >> this leaves people bankrupt. >> back in july of 2010 -- >> excuse me, the government had their own estimates. and they predicted 65% of small business, 45% of large business. >> going on individual plans. >> and now we know 80%, wait a minute, that is 100 million people, joe tripi that wouldn't be able to keep their plan. >> the wall street journal did a terrific piece over the weekend and talk about the debates in the white house, should we tell the truth? and they said you know what, it is confusing, let's stick with the lies, the lies continue, are we going to believe obama or all the lying videotape. >> i want to go to doug, this is important, what he is saying is true, they debated this in the
white house. and they decided to consciously lie, and rather than admit it, the president lied about his lie. that is a lot of lying. >> and sean, i have a different view on health care from you, what we need to do, we do need to fix it. but you're right about this. i was there, this is not partisanship, you have to tell the truth. i worked for bill clinton, you may have disagreed with clinton, we did the best we could with policy to tell the american people -- >> i did not have sex with that woman, not a single time. >> i said policy. >> hang on, mercedes, i'll go to you. this, to me, we have a lot of lying. and i want to go back to this lying. because i think the president is toying with a fragile commodity, his credibility. how many in this audience, and we'll go to you, mercedes, think that the president is really going to take a hit. he is now at his lowest numbers ever. >> 30, gallup polls show 30%, he
is at 39%, i mean, this is the lowest that we've seen. the problem is they came out and said we need to make this very simple so that the american people can understand the statement. the problem is it is like it is dumbing down the american people. what they want to know is the truth. and they failed, they misled on higher premiums. >> without doing what they did. >> stop right there, this is important what doug just said. they couldn't have passed it. if a private corporation lied to do this, wouldn't their people be in cuffs, walked and sent to jail, right there? criminal fraud. >> they would be in cuffs, prosecuted. >> let me put it to you this way, the fact that heads are not rolling. the fact that there is not a czar in the white house to clean this up is a tragedy. >> back to mercedes, you said something, not only did the
president lie about the lie, they wrote it down. we have a slow motion of the president. he read his lie, they planned his lie. >> and doug, also being in the white house, the political people won the argument, the policy people were the ones that wanted them to say the caveat, and the political people won, he made a miscalculation politically, i think he will pay the price not only in the polls. but also people are getting anxious, they're not trusting the president. >> good policy is good politics, not the reverse. >> but we got to go -- you say we got to fix it. and i'm saying the american people were sold a bill of goods. and the best thing to do is be honest with the american people. scrap it and start over. and let the country have an honest debate, an honest debate. >> we'll put too many people at risk. but if we do it by bipartisan savings account. >> this was not bipartisan. >> i'm saying that is what we need to do to fix it. >> we'll take a break, we have a
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christie who easily beat democratic challenger barbara buono, is delivering his speech in just moments. as we head to the stage there he is approaching with his family, his wife, mary pat, his four children. and there you see governor christie with a big win, becoming new jersey's first republican to exceed the projection. chris christie, poised to get ready for a 2016 presidential run as he embraces his children there on stage. this win, we don't know the exact spread yet, with 65% of the vote in. he was leading 60-38 over the democrat, barbara buono, that is 21.5%. exceeding 50% in a statewide election, for the first time in 25 years, last person to do that was george h.w. bush in 1988. the presidential campaign there. let's listen in to asbury park, new jersey, as chris christie
your governor. born in newark, raised in livingston. met my wife from pennsylvania, a real jersey girl, and raised our family right here, right here in this amazing state. i love just as much as my mother and father raised me to love it. you see, what people have never understood about us, is that i didn't need the introduction to all of you. i know you, because i'm one of you. so tonight, first and foremost, i want to say thank you, new jersey, for making me the luckiest guy in the world.
and the great erneest honor of a one-term governor, is being a two-term governor. you got to meet my kids again tonight. and mary pat and i are so proud of them. andrew, sarah, and patrick, i love you all. and over the last four years, but especially this year, new jersey got to know what a special first lady they have, i love you, mary pat. so i spoke to senator buono a while ago, no, no, she congratulated me and was very gracious, very gracious in her congratulations. and i thanked her for a spirited campaign.
after 20 years of public service. now, we came to office four years ago. we stood behind a podium like this and said that people were tired of politics as usual. they wanted to get things done. and we promised we were going to go to trenton and turn things around, and i think we've done just that. the people of new jersey four years ago were downhearted and dispirited. they didn't believe that government could work for them anymore. in fact, what they thought, what they thought was that government was just there to take from them. but not to give to them. not to work with them, not to work for them. well, four years later we stand here tonight showing that it is possible to put doing your job
first. to put working together first. to fight for what you believe in, yet still stand by your principles and get something done for the people who elected you. the biggest thing, the biggest thing i have learned over the last four years about leadership is that leadership is much less about talking than it is about listening, about bringing people around the table. listening to each other. showing them respect. doing what needed to be done. to be able to bring people together and to achieve what we needed to achieve to move our state forward. now listen, i know that if we can do this in trenton, new jersey, maybe the folks in washington, d.c. should tune in their tvs right now and see how
it is done. see, we -- listen, for new jersey, we still fight, we still yell. but when we fight, we fight for those things that really matter in people's lives. and while we may not always agree, we show up. we show up everywhere. we don't show up just in the places that vote for us a lot. we show up in the places that vote for us a little. we don't just show up in the places where we're comfortable, we show up in the places where we're uncomfortable. because when you lead you need to be there. you need to show up. you need to listen and then you need to act. and you don't just show up six months before an election.
you show up four years before one. you don't just take no for an answer the first time no has happened. you keep going back and trying more, because when i was elected four years ago i was not elected just by the people who voted for me. i was the governor of all the people and tonight, overwhelmingly, those people have said come on board. it is fine here, let's have more people support the governor. and now we have a big, big win tonight. what people have told me over the last four years is more than anything else, they want the truth. they want the truth. you know, we don't always agree with each other, new jersey. some folks don't agree with some of the things i do, and certainly they don't agree with some of the things i say sometimes. but they know, they know they
never have to wonder. they never have to wonder. when they walked into the voting booth today they didn't say hey, i wonder who this guy is and what he stands for and what he is willing to fight for, what he is willing to do when the chips are down. you can agree with me, you can disagree with me. but i will never stop leading the state i love. people across the country have asked me how it is we have been able to do what we've achieved. and i'm reminded of a story that pastor joe carter of the new hope baptist church told just a week ago today on the one-year anniversary of hurricane sandy. he called what had happened in new jersey the last year the
spirit of sandy. he spoke about people coming together. he said when the lights went out, no one cared what color your skin was. he said when you didn't have any food, no one cared whether it was a republican or a democrat offering you the food. when you didn't have a warm place for your family because of what happened in the storm, you didn't care if it was someone who thought that government should be big or small. at that moment, the spirit of sandy infected all of us. reverend carter was right. and he prayed that day that the spirit of sandy would stay with us well beyond the days that the recovery will take. my pledge to you tonight is i will govern with the spirit of
sandy. it is true of new jersey and all the people who live here, they're ready to live that way, too. as your governor, it never mattered to me where someone was from, whether they voted for me or not, what the color of their skin was or their political party. for me, being governor was all about getting the job done first. now, that doesn't mean we don't have principles. we have many of them. and we have stood and fight every day to reduce the taxes, to cut government spending, to reform a broken education system and to make sure we create opportunities again for new jersey.
and for the next four years, for the next four years we will fight to make those changes permanent. and we will fight to make them bigger. i did not seek a second term to do small things. i sought a second term to finish the job. now watch me do it. i want to thank a few people in addition to my family, before we go tonight. i want to tell you that i, over the last year, have had the greatest campaign team any governor could ever ask for. they ran a flawless campaign. and i thank them for it.
and i want to thank my cabinet and my senior staff who especially over the last year have worked tirelessly with me to help bring back, bring back the great state of new jersey from the second worst natural disaster to ever hit this country. and i want to thank the second woman who said yes to me when i asked. new jersey's lieutenant governor.
i used to tell folks all the time that i had the greatest job in the world. but to be elected governor in the state where you were born and raised is the greatest job that i could ever have in your life. and i loved it every day. i would get up and know that i had a chance to do something great. i didn't do something great every day. but i had a chance to do something great again for people that i would probably never meet and certainly never know. but on october 29th, the last year, that job changed. it is no longer a job for me. it is a mission. you see, a mission is different than the job, a mission is something that is sacred. it is a sacred trust that was thrust upon me and you. on october 29th of last year, and that mission, that mission is to make sure that everyone, everyone in new jersey who was affected by sandy is returned to
normalcy in their life. and i will promise you tonight i will not let any one, any thing, any political party, any governmental entity, or any force get in between me and the completion of my mission. you see, for those veterans out there tonight, you know, you know how sacred a mission is. the most sacred mission of a soldier is that no one ever is left behind. no one is ever left behind on the battlefield. and on the battlefield that sandy turned this state into, people of new jersey will never
leave any one of us behind. i'm resolved to complete this mission. not because of me. but because of you. for the last year i've had a lot of people ask me for hugs. a lot of people. you will get your hug later, brother. and -- i can -- i can tell you this. i guess there is open bar tonight, huh? welcome to new jersey!
people ask me for hugs, people ask me for hugs to make sure, i wouldn't forget. people ask me for hugs just to know that the leader of the state cared about them. and people came up to me all the time in the aftermath and said to me, governor, where did you get the energy? where did you get the energy day after day after day to do that? and i told them you don't understand, do you? those hugs gave more to me than i could ever give back to them. they gave me hope and faith and optimism for our future. the people of new jersey had given me much more than i could ever hope to give back to them. they have given me hope, they
have given me faith. and they have given me the trust. and it is with that hope, with that optimism, that faith and that trust that we, together, confront the next four years of opportunity for our state. i know that tonight, a dispirited america, angry with their dysfunctional government in washington. looks to new jersey to say is what i think happening really happening? are people really coming together? are we really working african-americans and hispanics, suburbanites and city dwellers,
farmers and teachers? are we really all working together? let me give the answer to everyone who is watching tonight. under this government our first job is to get the job done and as long as i'm governor that job will always, always be this. i think tonight most particularly, i know my dad and my brother and sister, who are here tonight with me, share this same view. i think tonight most particularly about my mother. all of you who have heard me over the last four years know that she was and still is the dominant influence in my life.
as i said on the video, as i said on the video, my mom used to say to me all the time, christopher, be yourself. because then tomorrow you don't have to worry about trying to remember who you pretended to be yesterday. powerful words from a woman who i miss every day. but tonight, tonight, i know that my mom is looking down on new jersey. and saying to me i can feel it, she is saying to me, chris, the job is not done yet. get back to work and finish the job for the people of new jersey. and that is exactly what i will do. i love you new jersey! thank you very much. >> new jersey governor chris christie cruising to a second term. as he gives an acceptance speech
there to the term, saying the number one job is to get the job done. also clearly giving a message to washington, saying so in that speech you just heard. saying i know if we can do this in trenton, new jersey, maybe the people in washington, d.c. should tune in and pay attention. he and his advisers clearly had hoped that this win, now more than 20 points with 72% of the precincts reporting, that this win would send a message to the divided republican party that this was a way and a plan to win in places where previous presidential candidates had been losing. christie emerges really from this election night as a top tier candidate for the gop presidential nomination in 2016. he was going in. he is more so now after that speech. now, to chief political correspondent carl cameron standing at tyson's corner, virginia, at the victory party. cameron, you listened to the speech. and clearly he is sending a
message nationwide. >> reporter: oh, an emphasis on competence, on leadership, he knows full well that every single thing he said tonight will be put through a prism of presidential politics in 2016. there will be news as soon as tomorrow about plans to begin to build better ties. we've already talked to a lot of republicans in the early caucus states. and they all say they're eager to hear from chris christie more often. because of tonight's victory, they actually advertised it because of his 2016 aspirations, there will be increasingly more demand for him to be to iowa. and the controversy could be a double edged sword. those are states where republican conservatives dominate. and sometimes they frankly frown
upon a little too much bipartisanship. >> let's go to virginia, where republican ken churuccinelli is offering a succession speech to terry mcauliffe. >> and folks i have worked with on behalf of virginia for four years, they have sacrificed to work on your behalf and on behalf of all the people of virginia. i want to tha one more example that all men marry up. but without her love and support i couldn't have made it through this campaign as well as many of the earlier ones. as i told you many times, she works a lot harder than i do. you know, i know it when i say
we home school. i'm the dean of students. but she carries her load and half of mine and has for a dozen years so that we could fight for the first principles that we share on behalf of all of you. now, i have always said that the worst thing that happens to me in any election is that i lose and get to spend more time at home. i like going home. and i'm looking forward to spending more time with tiro and these wonderful children here. my parents are here, arrest welwhere, as well, they deployed to virginia, and my father has playsed a trail
o blazed a trail to the commonwealth, you have met him. and my mother has put the pedal to the metal. and we appreciate it very much. that has been absolutely critical. i'll spare you the story and all the jokes. both of my brothers are here, my doctor brother came here to the race late. he was an interesting addition to the race, got to bracket the president, which was very appropriate when the o was there. the one family member who could vote for me, chris, was here and working and doing every little thing for so long and through many races. and i remember the first one where he slept in our living room while we carried that race on. and i have aunts and uncles
here, i have my cousins here, we have so much family that did so many more than they ever did before. and so many of them have been engaged helping all of us one way or another. it has been a great testament just to family itself. i also want to thank my great campaign team who worked hard and sacrificed an awful lot. to get our message throughout virginia as best we possibly could in the face of some rather serious obstacles. and from victory offices to headquarters, to out in every community in virginia, i want to thank all of you for burning the candle at both ends, as you all did. and to our thousands of
volunteers who even made this race possible. you all were the back bone of this race. and i will take you back five years to a conversation tiro and i had before we finally decided to get in the attorney general's race in march of 2008. we took the view, and remember what march of 2008 looked like for republicans. it was a grand time to get in a race. but we decided that first of all, we knew what kind of race we would run. the same first principles i'm talking to you about tonight have animated every campaign we have ever run. the foundation starts as it always should with proper campaigns in america, with first principles. and we -- we understood, and we said it out loud, if there are
enough people in virginia who share our commitment to those first principles, we can't lose. and if there are not -- >> attorney general ken cuccinelli and his losing bid for governor in virginia, his concession speech going on. he said despite being outspent by an unprecedented $15 million, this race came down to the wire, because of obama care. that message will go out to the country tonight. and carl cameron, looking at this race, carl, if you look at the public opinion polls in just the past couple of weeks leading up to this night, one poll, the washington post poll had it at 12 points, terry mcauliffe win. this is going to come down to a pretty narrow victory for mcauliffe. and that has to send a message especially for red state
democrats up for re-election next year. >> reporter: and it shows it is still a very potent issue for republicans to criticize and go after affordable care act. and this started. you can see it in the polling data, virtually at the same time that the launch of healthcare.gov began to develop problems and ultimately collapsed because of the pressure of the applicants, and then collapsed with the computer code. it does show with their decision that there needs to be reforms, particularly as it relates to the deadline on march 31st is probably good politics and policy. it signals to the house and candidates throughout 2014 that this issue is going to continue. one of the things we saw last month because of the race was terry mcauliffe and democrats latching on to essentially what was the democratic talking
point, attacking tea party and social conservatives and republicans being out of the mainstream. and cuccinelli really did close that gap, when you see him emphasize the obama care, something he had great credibility on, when he was the first to file suit on the affordable care act. but frankly, we didn't hear more on that, when the attacks on character between the two candidates, instead of the big national issues. it cut the lead in half, the trajectory was in cuccinelli's favor, he only wishes he had a few more days on election day, perhaps coming on thursday and friday, and the results could have been different. >> if you look at the initial polls tonight, it had the breakup of supporting obama care, and the split was roughly 5050. then as the waves came in, it split apart. in virginia, according to the polls, 53% opposed and 45%
supported obama care. clearly it made a difference in the final days. >> it was a remarkable campaign. and that terry mcauliffe lost his gubernatorial campaign last time around, never really stopped campaigning. and made a commitment he wouldn't be outspent and outspent the republican dramatically, and he did. 40% of mcauliffe's ads were never, as opposed to about 40% of cuccinelli's. and the attorney general new full well that part of his record as ag would create this so-called gender gap. he talked about it for months on the campaign trail. and tried to broaden his persona to women, but it made it impossible to get that message across and sort of neutralize that. the battles now get carried right into 2014. >> yeah, and 2014 and beyond,
2016 as they get ready to cheer for terry mcauliffe. let's talk forward leaning a bit. the mid-terms, a lot of races will come down to a lot of different issues. as you look at 2016, this win for terry mcauliffe, really a foothold in a state where hillary clinton and mcauliffe really want a foothold. one would think a hillary clinton presidential run is benefitted a lot by mcauliffe's win. >> sure, virginia has made it into the upper echelon of swing states that can absolutely turn a presidential run. and the governor is one of the most influential offices they can have. they have the most impact on state's voters. so terry mcauliffe is a big boost in virginia for hillary clinton. and everybody knows it. in fact, a number of people working on the clinton -- excuse me, on the mcauliffe campaign have worked for hillary clinton in the past and intend to, and
in fact are auditioning to do so right now. so the mcauliffe victory poises, and perhaps mcauliffe could play a role in the clinton campaign in 2016. there are a lot of clinton operatives who are here tonight. they are very excited to know they have one more notch in mcauliffe's vote, and in clinton's. >> and taking the stage behind you, he will take the speech. it is interesting to note that virginia has elected a governor from the opposing party of the party that holds the white house. they've done that since 1977. so this mcauliffe victory tonight breaks that trend. and it is also the first time since the 1880s that a party has secured a single four-term before turning over the mansion keys to its opponent. there you see mcauliffe's family getting ready for this victory speech. carl, just a little bit about terry mcauliffe. interesting past, former
national democratic chairman. "life's a party" was his book, had some skeletons that some worried would come out in his campaign. and frankly he was a vulnerable candidate at times but managed to pull off a win. as you look at the numbers, 98% reporting, 1.4% separate mcauliffe and ken cuccinelli. that was a double digit race just two weeks ago. >> the numbers -- and i especially want to thank -- >> carl, are you there? >> the energetic and passionate engaged group on this campaign. >> i think carl is listening to the speech. there you are -- >> believes passionately. >> the governor-elect of virginia, terry mcauliffe brings to the governor's mansion some baggage. his tenure with bill and hillary clinton in the '90s where he was the top fundraiser, and very controversial for such ideas
such as essentially letting out the lincoln bedroom in the white house to some of clinton's highest donors. and essentially a scandal regarding finance reform that led to the citizen's united supreme court case that gave us the super pacs. all have ties to the bill clinton/terry mcauliffe adventures that led to the justice department investigation. that is the man who will be in the governor's office. he has been a huge part of their money for the past 20 years. he does become influential with controversy and a lot of cash for democrats he can now get. this is a man who has been unsuccessful at an attempt for office, but has been a major fundraiser for 30 years. >> yeah, it is also important to note that there was another factor in this race. and that was a libertarian candidate, robert sarvis, who
will take more than 70% of the vote. that had to factor in at some point. >> absolutely, and the cuccinelli campaign recognized that and tried to counter it. first by bringing senator rand paul to the trail last week, who made specific references to libertarian thinking and politics. and once as the libertarian candidate, for cuccinelli just last night, all in an attempt to protect what was considered to be sarvis' vote. he is a former republican turned libertarian. there is some question, we haven't been able to entire track it down. there were questions if he may have had democratic support in his campaign, maybe to set him up as a spoiler. >> as it stands tonight with the mcauliffe win in virginia, and christie holding on in new jersey, the governors, 29 republicans and 21 democrats across this country.
and that is the current lineup. carl, as you look towards 2016, a number of those would consider a bid in 2016. a number of states will be in play. >> oh, sure, bobby jindal of louisiana, scott walker of wisconsin, just to name a couple that are very prominently placed. and jeb bush, one of the things the republican party is trying to do this year is shift the message away from washington and let more of the governors be a message-manager. pointing to some successes, particularly in the case of scott walker and chris christie, in the case of scott walker going against democrats and winning repeatedly with very aggressive, conservative ideas. so the governors are sort of considered the idea of factory of the republican party right now. and with polls showing in
congress and washington in general, where parties are so unpopular, it is a big opportunity for the gop. and bret, as you can see, there is terry mcauliffe. i'll pass it back to you. >> terry mcauliffe, now governor-elect mcauliffe of the commonwealth of virginia, let's listen in. >> thank you, thank you, thank you. what a great night, everybody. huh? you know, over the past few months, i have started speeches
thanking a lot of political figures. but i'm so glad that tonight, that the person introducing me is my best friend and my wife, dorothy. and i want you to know just a few weeks ago we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. when we decided to do this campaign, we decided together, because we understood that it was a journey that we were all going to have to take together. and dorothy, i could not be happier than to have you standing at my side tonight. thank you. and to our five children, who have been involved in this campaign from day one, i want to thank dory, jack, mary, sally and peter for all of their work.
all seven of us -- are amazing volunteers and team leaders ever assembled in the history of a governor's campaign. just as i walked up here, they gave me final numbers. since january, you have not gone -- down -- knocked on 2.5 million doors in the common wealth of virginia. have you to pause just a moment to comprehend such a large number. the truth is that i got a lot of my energy from seeing you all working so hard. when i came to a kansas kickoff, or a phone bank. i saw so many of you, i want to tell you, it fired me up.
kept me going 100% during 16-hour days so thank you. we love you. you're spectacular. i know all of you gave up time from your families, because you believed this election was so important. and thank you, so much, and i want all of you here who worked so hard since this campaign began, to give yourselves an enormous round of applause. and i want to thank, i don't have words to express, but i want to thank my campaign staff, for particularly the field team, for what they did to break records all over virginia. give yourselves a campaign, a great round of applause.
i also want to thank the absolutely historic number of republican who's cross -- who crossed party lines to support me. you were powerful messengers for our main stream campaign. thank you. importantly, i want to thank the voters of virginia who went out and voted for us today. from lee county, virginia beach, to win chester, thank you for what you did to help us get elected for governor of the common wealth of virginia. look, i know that's been a hard-fought race. part of that is, you know, it's the nature of politics. and part of it is that attorney general and i had very big differences on very important issues.
and i think every person in virginia is glad that the tv ads are now over. and i know passions are high. i think it's important to recognize the attorney general and i had a lot of differences, he is a principled man who has sacrificed an enormous amount of time, away from his family, i thank ken cuccinelli for his service and dedication to the common wealth of virginia. virginia and america have seen contentious races before. every time we end up coming together to pursue the common good. onelarly famous virginian confronted a
bitterly divided electorate after the presidential election in 1800. but instead of relishing the victory, or governing only for his supporters, thomas jefferson devoted much of his first inaugural atress to bridging partisan divides. he said, quote, but every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. we have called by different names breath ren -- the same principle. our differences of opinion are still often not a difference of principles or goals. over the next four years, most democrats and republicans in virginia want to make virginia a model for pragmatic. >> leadership that is friendly for job creation.
a model for strong schools, that prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow. a model for welcoming best and briest no matter race, gender, religion or whom you love. and a model for an efficient transportation system that reduces gridlock for our family asks our business. this is only possible if virginia is also the model for bipartisan cooperation. and that is of a view i share with the next lieutenant governor of the common wealth of the virginia.
ralph northum. there are a lot of proud democrats here, we're proud tonight, folks. i'm also particularly proud to welcome all of the republicans here tonight. give them a great round of applause. this he election was a choice about whether virginia would continue the main stream bipartisan tradition that served us well over the last decade. at a time washington was often broken, just think about what virginia has been able to accomplish when we work together. under governor warner we preserved our triple bond rating and made the largest
investment in k-12 education in virginia history. under governor tim cane we're honored as the best state to do business. he prudently guided us through the great recession. and let me say this. under governor bob mcdonald, our unemployment is one of the lowest on the east coast. we pass the first transportation funding in 27 years with my partisa partisan -- bipartisan support. now, during the next four years it will be my obligation and honor to continue that tradition. to get started over the next three months i am going to work hard to reach out to every republican in the general assembly. i want to listen to them and
work with them so we can advance our shared goals. economic challenges facing virginia are daunting. sequestration for another year and more federal cuts on the horizon. for those of you who know me well, i fwleef a daunting challenge is always a great opportunity. working together we'll protect the jobs we have. >> reporter: terry mcauliffe just barely squeaked out a win against kuch nel yeechl the margin just under two points there. mcauliffe outspent cuccinelli in a notably negative campaign. you heard him mention one winner the television ads will stop. saying he's going bring people
together. he got a boost from the government shut down helping him open a lead over cuccinelli in the public poll but cuccinelli managed to narrow that margin and sought to make the election a referendum on the botched roll out of obama care. koit have ramifications in the 2016 race especially if his friend, hillary clinton runs because it would give her an influential ally in a key swing state. the fact this race closed in final days due to obama care largely could scare some democrats up for reelection in red states in 2014. the other big race, chris clifty in a traditionally blue state allows him to pox himself as a presidential contender who can garner votes from both sides of the aisle this, is a big race whether
translating in the republican party, we'll see. tune in tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. for all the latest news in special report g night from a busy election night. bill o'reilly is next. this is an election alert. voters picking new governors in new jersey and virginia. chris christie winning reelection against democratic challenger barbara buonon virginia gubernatorial race has been called. democrat terry mcauliffe beating ken cuccinelli and robert sarvis. in new york, democrat bill devalazio cruised to a victory, the first democrat to win