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Politics Biden hits campaign trail with Terry McAuliffe in Virginia

07:10  24 july  2021
07:10  24 july  2021 Source:   cbsnews.com

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President Biden campaign for Terry McAuliffe , who is running for Virginia governor; above McAuliffe and Biden campaigned together in Virginia during the 2020 presidential contest. Polls show the Virginia race is tight with Republican Glenn Youngkin narrowly trailing McAuliffe . A JMS Analytics survey released last month showed McAuliffe leading Youngkin 46% to 42%, within the poll’s 4.2-point margin of error. McAuliffe , a former head of the Democratic Party, is close to Biden and campaigned for him in the 2020 election. The Democratic National Committee is also investing million into this

Still, Virginia 's once balanced role as a political indicator has tilted left in recent years, with Republicans losing each statewide election in more than a decade. Every Democratic presidential nominee has won Virginia since 2008, including President Joe Biden in 2020. The commonwealth is currently represented by But McAuliffe and his top advisers believe Democrats are underestimating how close the race could be, especially because Youngkin is a multi-millionaire who can self-fund much of his campaign . McAuliffe , in an interview with CNN earlier this year, argued one reason he believes it will

President Biden returned to the campaign trail on Friday night, stumping both for Virginia's 2021 Democratic candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe and an overall case for Democrats in the 2022 midterms.

Terry McAuliffe wearing a suit and tie: President Biden Participates In Campaign Event For Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffe © Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images President Biden Participates In Campaign Event For Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffe

"In this election and in 2022, the question the American people are going to be asking is whether or not we're helping them and their family," Mr. Biden said to a crowd of about 500 in Arlington, Virginia. "As Democrats, we have to show we do understand and we're keeping our promises. We just have to keep making the case, even as Republicans party today offers nothing but fear and lies and broken promises."

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Joe Biden traveled to Arlington Friday evening to campaign for Virginia Democrat Governor hopeful Terry McAuliffe . Biden got heckled at the rally as soon as he brought up Alabama Governor Kay Ivey who trashed unvaccinated people earlier today.

WASHINGTON—President Biden is returning to the campaign trail for a longtime political ally in Virginia and selling his infrastructure and economic plans around the country, offering an early look at Democrats’ political strategy heading into the 2022 midterm elections. Mr. Biden on Friday will attend his first in-person campaign event since taking office on behalf of Democrat Terry McAuliffe , the former Virginia governor who helped organize Mr. Biden ’s 2020 campaign in the state, and who hopes to claim the governor’s mansion for a second time. He is running against Republican Glenn Youngkin.

While talking about the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Mr. Biden said Democrats "have to keep cutting through the Republican fog that government is the problem and show that 'We the people' are the solution.'"

Mr. Biden also touched on the rising cases of COVID-19 across the country, repeating his line from earlier in the week that it's a "pandemic of the unvaccinated." He praised Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, a Republican, and other conservatives who are advocating for vaccines for having an "altar call" and "seen the Lord," but he was interrupted by hecklers in the crowd.

McAuliffe is attempting to break the trend of the party in charge of the White House losing Virginia's governor's race in the following year — something he did when he won his first term in 2013.  Mr. Biden won the state by more than 450,000 votes in 2020, and Virginia voting Democratic in every presidential election since 2008, but the state's off-year elections for governor and the House of Delegates remain competitive.

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President Biden will join former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe , who is seeking to regain his old job in November, for an event on Friday in Northern Virginia , marking Mr. Biden ’s first return to the campaign trail since he entered the White House. Ahead of the visit, the White House released a background sheet to reporters that touted the nearly billion in fiscal relief for state and local governments and school districts in Virginia under the .9 trillion economic relief bill Mr. Biden signed into law in March, along with signs of progress for the state economy in its rebound from the pandemic

Mr. Biden won Virginia handily last year on his way to the White House, but some Democrats are worried about Mr. McAuliffe ’s prospects this year against Glenn Youngkin, a political newcomer and former private equity executive who is the Republican Mr. McAuliffe , who mulled a presidential run in 2020 but passed and endorsed Mr. Biden , has sought to make the race a referendum on former President Donald J. Trump, who has backed Mr. Youngkin enthusiastically. Mr. Trump remains popular with Republicans in the state’s rural areas but has alienated moderates in the Washington suburbs.

Virginia's elections are always held only one year after the presidential election, but Mr. Biden hit the trail early even by those standards. Former President Obama first hit the trail for Democratic candidate Robert Deeds in August 2009.

McAuliffe's Republican opponent, Trump-backed Glenn Youngkin, is a former CEO of the Carlyle Group who has set a goal to raise $75 million for this race, though not clarifying how much he would self loan his campaign. Two Republican polls conducted in July have Youngkin trailing McAuliffe by 5 points or less.

On Thursday, the Democratic National Committee announced a $5 million investment for Virginia's 2021 races, as well as to "pilot key programming ahead of the 2022 midterms."

"This feels a lot like 2009," former South Carolina Republican Governor and potential 2024 candidate Nikki Haley said at a campaign stop with Youngkin in mid-July, referencing the last time Republicans won statewide in Virginia. "Everything has swung so far left, and we need to normalize it again."

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Biden was in Virginia to raise money for McAuliffe , who previously served as the commonwealth’s governor from 2014 to 2018. He is now running against Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin, who is backed by Donald Trump, for the position. "And I whipped Donald Trump in Virginia and so will Terry ." Recent polling shows McAuliffe with a narrow four-point lead over Youngkin. Approximately 500 people attended the event, which left the venue roughly half empty. On YouTube, fewer than 500 people were watching on the main channel streaming the event channel at any given time.

Biden supposedly won Virginia by 10 points in 2020 against Trump (after a 300,000 vote spike out of no where) but he can’t even draw a decent-sized crowd. Biden will campaign for Terry McAuliffe in a couple of hours. Vibe here is very much like a pre-pandemic campaign event. Upbeat music. Ice cream. Campaign people walking through w/clipboards.

On the campaign trail, Youngkin and Republicans have been looking to use McAuliffe's decades in Democratic politics against him, portraying him as a "political insider" and saying Virginia needs different leadership to steer the state's economy through COVID-19 and a rising inflation rate.

Democrats have looked to dispel this attack by referencing CNBC's 2021 ranking of Virginia as the top state for business and the state's surplus under Democratic leadership.

Republicans are casting a wide net on their messaging, from public safety and law enforcement, to relitigating the reopening of schools, to supporting voter ID law changes and amping up animosity towards "critical race theory" being brought up in schools.

"Our country's future will be made by Virginia's present," Youngkin said while opening his Richmond, Virginia, headquarters. "We're going to see very clearly, Virginia is standing up and saying, 'No. We in fact are going to reject the left liberal progressive policies that are dragging our country down.'"

Meanwhile, Mr. Biden and McAuliffe honed in McAuliffe's first term as governor, as well as on Youngkin's ties to former President Trump, who polarized suburban swing voters during his term as president.

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"I'm standing here before you tonight to tell you about my plans to move Virginia forward. And as we did before, we will create great jobs, we'll make healthcare more affordable, and we'll give every single child a world class education," McAuliffe said Friday.

McAuliffe's first TV ad began airing Wednesday, more than a month after Youngkin first got on the air. It notes jobs created under McAuliffe's tenure and blasts Youngkin for not being "a reasonable Republican. He is a loyalist to Donald Trump."

Mr. Trump endorsed Youngkin shortly after he won the GOP nomination in May, and the former president praised Youngkin and continued his baseless claims of widespread voter fraud by warning to "watch the 'vote counters' in Virginia. He also criticized Ed Gillespie, the 2017 Republican gubernatorial nominee, for not "embracing" his base and losing the election.

"They didn't come out for Gillespie, nor did I do anything to help or hurt. He got creamed!" Mr. Trump wrote in a July statement.

"I ran against Donald Trump and so is Terry," Mr. Biden said Friday. "And I whipped Donald Trump in Virginia and so will Terry."

Virginia's general elections are November 2, with early voting starting in September.

Virginia Democrats seek to tie Youngkin to Trump's election claims .
Virginia Democrats are seeking to tie Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin to former President Trump's unfounded claims involving the 2020 presidential election in an effort to hurt Youngkin in the state's Democratic strongholds.The state's Democrats are specifically zeroing in on Youngkin's participation in an "Election Integrity Regional Rally" that is being hosted next month by Republicans in Virginia's 5th District. DemocraticThe state's Democrats are specifically zeroing in on Youngkin's participation in an "Election Integrity Regional Rally" that is being hosted next month by Republicans in Virginia's 5th District.

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