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Terry McAuliffe Did Not Go to Government Schools

Terence P. Jeffrey on

"You're an Irish Catholic kid from Syracuse, from St. Ann's school, right?" asked Hugh Hewitt.

"Yes," said Terry McAuliffe in that Jan. 29, 2007, radio interview.

At that time, McAuliffe had just recently become chairman of Sen. Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. He would later go on to serve as governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, and is now seeking that office again.

Back in January 2007, McAuliffe had also published an autobiography, "What a Party! My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators and Other Wild Animals," in which he discussed, among other things, his education in Catholic schools. In his interview that year with Hewitt, he talked about this book and his experience in those schools.

"Now did you do eight years or twelve years of Catholic education?" Hewitt asked him.

"I did eight years at St. Ann's grammar school," McAuliffe said. "I did four years of Bishop Ludden High School. I did four years at the Catholic University of America, and three years at Georgetown University Law Center."


So, in total, including grammar school, high school, college and law school, McAuliffe spent 19 years in Catholic schools.

His family was not forced to enroll him in government schools -- and, obviously, they chose not to do so.

"Can you name your K-8 teachers?" Hewitt asked him in that 2007 radio interview.

McAuliffe reeled off seven, specifically naming five Catholic nuns. "Sister Agnes Teresa, Sister Mary Helen, Sister Thomas, Miss Boway, Mrs. Anderson, Sister Esther Thomas and Sister Margaret Madden... how many is that?" he said.


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