His speech Monday was supposedly about numbers and finance, but the subtext when Gov. Terry McAuliffe outlined his views on the next two-year state budget to legislators quickly turned political.

McAuliffe detailed a picture for state finances that he argued left little room for the General Assembly to do anything other than vote to use Affordable Care Act money to expand Medicaid.

But after he set the stage by talking about businesses he recruited to locate or expand in Virginia and praising the General Assembly for working with him to establish a new cash reserve, Republican legislative leaders weren’t buying it.

“I heard a lot of ‘I brought this’ and ‘I did this’ … we got a lot of hugging,” said House Majority Leader Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, after the governor’s presentation to General Assembly budget writers.

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