For the first time Terry McAuliffe answered questions from the Virginia Press Corp as the Commonwealth's new Governor-Elect.
The event was filled with much of what we expected. There was a call to bi-partisanship, a pledge to see through his campaign promises and bit of a reflection on his accomplishment.
But hidden in the roughly 20 minute event were some interesting nuggets.
I'll break down a few in a moment, but first here is the press event in it's entirety.
Medicaid Expansion a "priority"- (at 12:40 of video) He talked a lot about bi-partisanship, but McAuliffe did not appear to waver a bit about a major campaign pledge to expand Medicaid. Calling it an important economic issue, McAuliffe believes he can convince members of the GOP in the house to see his way.
"I view the Medicaid expansion as a real opportunity for us here in Virginia to totally re-do how we do our health care, to deliver it more efficiently and more cost effectively," he said. "We can create up to 33 thousand new jobs with the Medicaid expansion."
Non-discrimination executive order will be signed- (at 16:50 of the video) It is not too much of a surprise, but McAuliffe will sign an executive order that will re-insert sexual orientation as a protected class in the state's non-discrimination policy. The McDonnell administration had removed that provision and instead issued a memo that said discrimination of any kind was not the policy of his administration.
Obviously a full executive order has more teeth and the LGTB community was surely expecting this based on their vocal support for McAuliffe. McAuliffe said it will executive order number one.
McAuliffe will also sign an executive order to limit any member of his family to accepting gifts to only $100 or less. That will be executive order number two.
No contact with Cuccinelli- (at 17:30 of video) McAuliffe has probably reached the stage of his life where he hopes talking about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, his now former opponent, is a thing of the past. Cuccinelli's concession speech wasn't necessarily gracious and according to McAuliffe he still hasn't heard from him and doesn't expect he will.
He also wasn't shocked that two hadn't communicated.
"I stopped being surprised in politics a long time ago," McAuliffe said.
Hint about Herring?- (at 22:20 of the video) No one really knows what the ultimate outcome of very tight Attorney General's race will be, but McAuliffe didn't miss a beat when talking about the governing team moving forward.
He casually talked about how the Democratic ticket is poised to work together as elected leaders and included Mark Herring as the next Attorney General. .
At this point that race is within 1% and a recount is almost certain.