By: Ryan Nobles
He is not the first incoming governor of Virginia to make that pledge, but Terry McAuliffe is prepared to keep the status quo when it comes to social issues.
Unlike his predecessor, Bob McDonnell who was pushed by his conservative allies to pass laws to restrict access to abortion, McAuliffe's counterparts would like him to undo some of the new laws the McDonnell administration helped put into place.
That includes tough restrictions on abortion clinics and a law that requires ultrasounds for women seeking abortions. While McAuliffe said he plans to "look at" the clinic restrictions, he believes Virginia is in a "good place" when it comes to laws related to abortion.
"I would veto any legislation that would restrict women's rights," he said. "I think we are in a very good place so let's move forward on economic issues and what voters want us to focus on."
That means he won't push to legislatively undo what McDonnell accomplished with social issues.
While he comes at it from a different vantage point, the basic tenants of his approach related to abortion is similar to what his campaign opponent Ken Cuccinelli promised he would do as elected.
Cuccinelli told me at the RPV Convention that he would not seek any new legislation related to abortion. McAuliffe said he won't seek to undo any of the current laws. At the end of the day, Virginia abortion laws should stay exactly where they were before voters went to the polls.
McAuliffe seems hellbent on keeping the focus on jobs and the economy. He hopes to make make good on that ambition through bi-partisan cooperation. It will be a necessity. If he hopes to accomplish many of his lofty campaign goals, he will need the help of the GOP controlled House of Delegates.
Here is McAuliffe discussing how he will handle social issues as governor:
Here is our story from NBC12 on the new governor's priorities:
RICHMOND (WWBT)- Terry McAuliffe has big plans, a major reform of the state's ethics laws, serious changes to the mental health system and a re-vamped S.O.L. testing system, but his biggest challenge may be his biggest campaign promise, expanding the state's Medicaid program.
It is a part of the controversial Affordable Care Act, a move house republicans have vowed to stand in the way of, but McAullife believes the expansion of Medicaid is a necessity and something he plans to fight for.
"The goal should be how do you cover the 400,000 Virginians?" McAuliffe asked. "How do we bring back Virginia's money?"
He believes the expansion will create 30,000 jobs in the Commonwealth, and despite the strong Republican opposition, he believes he can get it pushed through by setting a bi-partisan tone. A tone he set during the campaign.
"Folks wanna us to work together, they have had enough of the partisan bickering, they want results they want to get the show on the road," McAuliffe said.
That means attempting to avoid bickering over controversial social issues. McAuliffe has vowed to stop any further expansion of restrictions on abortion but also won't work to undo some of the restrictions put in place during the McDonnell administration.
"I would veto any legislation that would restrict women's rights. I think we are in a very good place, so let's move forward on economic issues and what voters want us to focus on," said the Governor-Elect.
Jobs and the economy are his top priority, above all else, including politics. McAuliffe is done campaigning. Even if it means one of his closest friends, Hillary Clinton, decides to run for president.
"At this stage no, I've done that," he said. "It's been a great part of my life, but to be honest with you, I'm past the politics, I'm now into governing."
Governing that begins as soon as he takes the oath of office.
..read and see the full story on NBC12.com.