Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, who has maintained a close relationship with the Clinton family for many years, said that he does not expect to see former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton return to politics after her crushing and unexpected loss against President-elect Donald Trump.
"I think so, sure," McAuliffe said on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" when asked if the Clintons were finished working in politics, according to The Washington Post. "I don't think Hillary has any interest in running again. I'll let her speak for herself. I haven't asked her that. I think the president's probably going to go back, working on all the good deeds he's done before in helping people around the globe. You know, there are elections. We've got to move forward. As governor of Virginia, I've got to move forward.”
Despite Clinton winning the popular vote and leading nearly every national poll listed by Real Clear Politics by an average of more than 3 percent in the days leading up to the election, Trump pulled away with a landslide in the electoral college, shocking just about everyone.
"I mean, this is hard on anybody," McAuliffe told WTOP of Clinton's surprise loss. "[C]an you imagine having to go through this? I've had many conversations with the Clinton family. We're friends. It's hard, very tough. I think on Election Day everybody felt pretty good. I think the Trump campaign thought they were gonna lose. And you know, this is what happens in elections."
While the Democratic governor said that he would "much prefer to have President Clinton and Vice President Tim Kaine from Virginia" leading the nation, he noted that he has known Trump for 20 years, during which time Trump has had dinner with him, golfed with him and even sent him money for his campaign as governor, so he hopes to maintain a "productive relationship."
"Defense spending, infrastructure — if we can work together on those things, we're gonna have a good, healthy relationship," McAuliffe added. "The elections are over. Politics is done. Let's get to work."