Politics McAuliffe rolls out ad featuring Obama ahead of campaign stop
The AP Interview: McAuliffe wants Democrats to 'get it done'
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, on Tuesday called on leaders in Washington from both parties — including President Joe Biden — to “get their act together," while pushing Senate Democrats to scrap the filibuster if needed to enact the party's priorities on infrastructure spending and voting rights. The harsh words from McAuliffe during an interview with The Associated Press come just three weeks before Election Day in Virginia.
Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe rolled out a new ad featuring former President Obama on Wednesday ahead of the pair's campaign appearance this weekend in Richmond.
The Hill was the first outlet to see, titled "Our Values."
"Virginia, you have a lot of responsibility this year. Not only are you choosing your next governor, but you're also making a statement about what direction we're headed in as a country," Obama says in the ad. "I know Terry McAuliffe and I can tell you: As governor, no one worked harder for their state."
Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's Democratic candidate for governor, distances his fortunes from Biden's agenda
In Washington, Democrats believe that if they can pass an infrastructure bill before Oct. 31, it will help Terry McAuliffe win his second term as Virginia’s governor just two days later — and if they do not, he might be doomed. But at a campaign stop in Northern Virginia on Tuesday, McAuliffe said he didn’t think voters in the commonwealth cared that much about the goings-on in Congress. “What I’m hearing around Virginia is not what’s going on in Washington, D.C., at all.
The former president goes on to tout McAuliffe's stances on voting rights, climate change and abortion.
"So make sure you vote and join me in supporting Terry McAuliffe," Obama says.
The ad comes before McAuliffe and Obama hit the trail on Saturday in Richmond in an effort to mobilize Democratic voters in the commonwealth. Obama is seen as one of the most popular national Democrats and is known for telling crowds, "don't boo, vote."
Polls show a tight race between McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin. A Monmouth University Poll survey released on Wednesday showed the race tied at 46 percent among registered Virginia voters. On top of that, Youngkin leads with independent voters, 48 percent to 39 percent. The poll also showed Republicans leading Democrats on enthusiasm, with 49 percent of Republican voters saying they are more enthusiastic than usual to vote in the election, compared to 26 percent of Democrats.
But Democrats hope Obama's involvement in the race, along with other high-profile Democratic surrogates like Vice President Harris and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, will help galvanize the state's Democratic base.
Abrams campaigned with McAuliffe on Sunday in Norfolk and Northern Virginia, while Harris is set to campaign with him on Thursday in Prince William County.
Biden easily won Virginia. Why is McAuliffe struggling? .
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — As Terry McAuliffe made his case for the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia this summer, he argued the state wanted “seasoned” leadership. The former governor, like the new President Joe Biden, had broad appeal that would keep up Virginians' enthusiasm for voting against Republicans, his campaign argued. Less that a week before Election Day, even McAuliffe's allies are wondering if he was wrong. The Democrat isLess that a week before Election Day, even McAuliffe's allies are wondering if he was wrong.