Politics Joe Biden helps Terry McAuliffe paint Youngkin as an ‘acolyte of Donald Trump’

04:50  27 october  2021
04:50  27 october  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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Joe Biden campaigned for Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday night. Only a couple hundred supporters came out to see “81 million vote” Joe Biden . After doing virtually nothing all day, Biden slithered over to the Virginia Highlands Park in Arlington to stump for McAuliffe .

President Joe Biden stands with Virginia democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe during a campaign event McAuliffe at Lubber Run Park on July 23, 2021, in Arlington, Va. | AP Photo/Andrew Harnik. Biden , continuing his riff, suggested Youngkin was “ an acolyte for Donald Trump — for real.” Biden also alluded to Trump ’s embrace of the Jan. 6 insurrection crowd, adding, “I was told there were a lot of peaceful, wonderful people?" Biden ’s broader remarks focused on his administration’s work to end the pandemic and turn around the economy, pass trillions of dollars in infrastructure and

ARLINGTON, Va. — President Joe Biden leaned into Terry McAuliffe’s core campaign strategy to tie Republican Glenn Youngkin to former President Trump and nationalize Virginia’s toss-up gubernatorial race.

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“I ran against Donald Trump. Terry is running against an acolyte of Donald Trump,” Biden said to a crowd of about 2,500 braving a chilly, windy night in Arlington.

Not long ago, McAuliffe warned that Biden being “unpopular” meant that Democrats would have to work harder through “headwinds from Washington,” and Biden’s approval ratings have dipped further since then.

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President Biden will campaign for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday, one week out from an election that will test his electoral brand and amid one of the most consequential weeks of his presidency. It also comes as Biden ’s approval ratings in Virginia tick down and the race between McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin tightens to a dead heat. The dynamic has raised questions about what impact Biden will have on the campaign trail as Democrats scramble to defend Virginia.

President Joe Biden was heckled during a speech on Friday in Arlington, Virginia to stump for Democrat Terry McAuliffe running for governorCredit: The Mega Agency. The President lobbed a few jabs at McAuliffe ’s Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin , without saying his name. “I tell you what, the guy Terry is running against is an acolyte of Donald Trump . “For real, I mean it’s just like, I don ’t know where these guys come from.” Biden ’s appearance was intended to raise funds for McAuliffe ’s war chest after serving as the commonwealth’s governor from 2014 to 2018.

But with recent gubernatorial race polls showing a dead heat between the former Democratic governor, who is seeking a second non-consecutive term, and Republican Glenn Youngkin, a former private equity firm co-CEO, McAuliffe turned to Biden to give him a boost with one week before Election Day.

“Talk about an oxymoron: Donald Trump and election integrity,” Biden said, appearing to refer to Youngkin’s election integrity platform that he pushed during the Republican primary. “I can't believe he puts the words Trump and integrity in the same sentence.”


Much of his speech was not about Youngkin but was a response to Trump and a defense of his performance as president.

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Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has admitted President Joe Biden 's political woes drag on his gubernatorial campaign. But they pale against the shockwaves that would rip through the White House if he loses his race next month at a perilous time for the party in Washington. McAuliffe has driven home a relentless attack on Youngkin , blasting him in almost every media appearance and rally as a Trump clone. "I'm running against a Donald Trump wannabe," McAuliffe said on "State of the Union," repeatedly linking his rival to an ex-President who alienated suburban Virginians who dislike culture

Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin clearly has the momentum as we enter the final week of the campaign, and he’s pulling no punches. A new video ad put out by the Youngkin team destroys Democrat candidate and past Governor Terry McAuliffe for his doublespeak on Governor Ralph When the story first broke, McAuliffe called it “racist, unacceptable and inexcusable at any age,” and said it necessitated Northam’s resignation. But months later, when it appeared Northam had survived the scandal, McAuliffe said in another interview, “Listen, even if it had been him in the blackface, you

“Trump likes to boast the single best measure of the economy is the stock market. I never thought that. Well, if that's true, take a look at the stock market now. It's higher than it’s ever been,” Biden said.

Biden’s second appearance in Virginia for McAuliffe, despite coming only barely across the river and just a stone’s throw from the Pentagon, demonstrates a full-court press approach among national Democrats in fear of losing the race in an embarrassing upset. A loss in Virginia, where off-year state elections have historically been a barometer for midterm elections, would damage Biden’s image and Democratic enthusiasm.

The president is just the latest in a parade of Democrats coming to stump for McAuliffe in the critical final weeks of the toss-up campaign.

Former President Barack Obama campaigned with McAuliffe in Richmond over the weekend, and Vice President Kamala Harris campaigned for McAuliffe last week in addition to filming a “Souls to the Polls” ad to be played at black churches.

McAuliffe and Youngkin are in a dead heat with one week to Virginia governor election, poll shows

  McAuliffe and Youngkin are in a dead heat with one week to Virginia governor election, poll shows Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin are tied at roughly 45% each, according to a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll released Tuesday. But roughly 5% of likely voters say they are still undecided a week before the Nov. 2 election. © Cliff Owen, AP Virginia gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Terry McAuliffe left, and Republican Glenn Youngkin, talk during the Virginia FREE Leadership Luncheon in McLean, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University Political Research Center, said the race is simply a "dead heat," and will boil down to which party can get out its voters.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe distanced himself from President Joe Biden earlier this month in a bid for more votes in the closely fought Virginia governor’s race, prompting some sharp retorts from the White House. Polling shows McAuliffe essentially tied with Glenn Youngkin . Terry McAuliffe during a campaign rally in Richmond, Virginia, on Oct. 23. Photographer: Carlos Bernate/Bloomberg. Listen to article.

Former Democratic Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe attempted to paint his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin of being a " Trump wannabe" during the pair's first gubernatorial debate on Thursday. McAuliffe , who is seeking a non-consecutive second term as governor, noted that Youngkin had embraced endorsements from former President Donald Trump , warning that the Republican businessman was "too extreme" and would cause Trump -like "damage" to the state. The Virginia debate came two days after Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom easily defeated an effort

Stacey Abrams, former Georgia gubernatorial nominee, traveled to Virginia to campaign for McAuliffe, and music producer Pharrell Williams is also set to make an appearance.

Youngkin, meanwhile, has not brought high-profile Republicans to campaign for him in the campaign’s last days. While he has not criticized former President Donald Trump, he has not embraced or brought the former president to campaign for him, preferring to turn his focus to local issues such as education and the effect “woke” school boards are having on parents and children. He has dragged McAuliffe for saying during a debate that parents should not tell schools what to teach.

Biden backed up McAuliffe’s strategy to nationalize the race, teasing him for not campaigning with Trump.

“He won’t allow Donald Trump to campaign for him in this state,” Biden said. “He’s willing to pledge his loyalty to Trump in private. Why not in public? What’s he trying to hide? Is there a problem with Trump here? Is he embarrassed?”

The McAuliffe campaign’s efforts to tie Youngkin to Trump reached Sonya Royster, an undecided voter and small business owner from Loudoun County who mentioned one of McAuliffe’s ads highlighting Youngkin telling a radio host that Trump represents “so much of why I'm running.”

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“I was like, ‘Yeah, no,’” she said.


Royster said she came to Tuesday’s rally seeking more information on McAuliffe and did not realize that Biden would be there until later. As for Biden’s performance so far, she would give it a grade of “B” because she sees "that he’s trying" and "what he inherited, and he’s done a lot to try to strengthen the economy.”

Charlotte Morris, who attended the rally with Royster, said she plans to vote for McAuliffe but had a more critical review of Biden. “I think I’d give him, like, a C+ because he had not had a chance to do a lot of things,” she said.

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Trump says 'MAGA movement is bigger than ever' .
Trump thanked his supporters Tuesday night and said: 'Glenn will be a great governor.' The ex-president also claims his supporters remain strong and the 'MAGA movement is bigger than ever before.''I would like to thank my BASE for coming out in force and voting for Glenn Youngkin. Without you, he would not have been close to winning,' Trump said in a statement Tuesday night. 'The MAGA movement is bigger and stronger than ever before. Glenn will be a great governor.

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