Politics McAuliffe, Democratic groups launch climate ad blitz in Virginia a week out from election
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.
Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe rolled out a slate of ads focused on climate and the environment in a joint effort with Democratic groups on Tuesday, marking the start of the final week of Virginia's gubernatorial campaign.
McAuliffe, along with the Democratic Governors Association and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters PAC, will run television ads in the Washington, D.C., Richmond, and Norfolk media markets, while digital ads will go up on YouTube, Google, Facebook, Hulu, Roku, and MiQ.
McAuliffe's backslapping political brand put to test in 2021
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Terry McAuliffe is a blur of handshakes, hugs, backslaps and smiles as he glides through the friendly crowd at Gethsemane Baptist Church seeking help from above. For the former Virginia governor running again for his old job, it's not necessarily God's grace he's after at this moment. He's seeking assistance from another higher power a few hours north in Washington, where McAuliffe's longtime friends in Congress are struggling to pass an infrastructure package that could help millions of Virginia residents — and his own campaign. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Oct.
The Hill was the first outlet to report on the announcement.
The McAuliffe campaign and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters PAC put out asummarizing McAuliffe's stances on climate, while the Democratic Governors Association's ad went on air with a hitting Republican Glenn Youngkin over comments at a forum earlier this month when he said he did not know whether humans are responsible for climate change.
The ad blitz comes as polls show McAuliffe and Youngkin neck-and-neck in the polls. A Monmouth University poll released last week showed McAuliffe and Youngkin tied at 46 percent each. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report has rated the race as a "toss-up."
While climate is an issue that will likely rev up parts of the Democratic base in Virginia, Youngkin and Republicans have focused on parents' rights in their children's education as a central issue.
Youngkin and his campaign have released a number of ads on the issue, includingthat featured a Fairfax County mother's push to require schools to tell parents if books in their child's curriculum contained explicit content and allow students to opt-out of reading the material. As a part of the effort, the mother pushed to ban the 1987 novel "Beloved" from her son's curriculum in 2013 until new policies that addressed explicit material for students were put in place.
Youngkin wins Virginia governor's race, jolting Democrats .
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Glenn Youngkin won the Virginia governor's race early Wednesday, tapping into culture war fights over schools and race to unite former President Donald Trump's most fervent supporters with enough suburban voters to become the first Republican to win statewide office here in 12 years. RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Glenn Youngkin won the Virginia governor's race early Wednesday, tapping into culture war fights over schools and race to unite former President Donald Trump's most fervent supporters with enough suburban voters to become the first Republican to win statewide office here in 12 years.