The Virginia Democrat has always embodied an energetic mix of ambition and resilience. But what compelled McAuliffe, beginning in his 50s, to become a candidate for public office?
Sept. 2, 1999 President Clinton, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and their friend Terry McAuliffe attend a fundraising event at Mulrooney’s Pub in Syracuse, N.Y. McAuliffe’s friends see a natural progression for a man who grew up in upstate New York accompanying his father to local Democratic party affairs; fundraising for presidential candidates; growing close to President Clinton; and becoming the leader of the Democratic National Committee. Running for governor, they say, is a logical next phase in his evolution. Khue Bui/AP Buy Photo