Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who helped steer his state to Hillary Rodham Clinton's win column in 2016, has given his biggest hint yet that he is eyeing a 2020 presidential bid against President Trump.

The former fundraiser for President Bill Clinton and 2008 campaign boss for Hillary Clinton told the New York Times that he's interested.

"Asked if he wanted to be president, Mr. McAuliffe said, 'I don't know, I might,'" he told the Times in a story about the current Virginia Democratic gubernatorial battle. McAuliffe is barred for running for a successive term.

On Sunday night, McAuliffe shared the White House stage with Trump who hosted the National Governor's Association, which McAuliffe chairs. He not only looked comfortable there, but even joked with the president.

He has stayed focused on economic development in the state and Clinton's campaign, not talking lots about any potential presidential hopes, making his new comments newsworthy.

Early previews of the 2020 Democratic primary have suggested that McAuliffe could face another Virginian in the race, Sen. Tim Kaine, Clinton's running mate in 2016.

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