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Politics Glenn Youngkin makes final pitch to be Virginia's new governor

10:25  02 november  2021
10:25  02 november  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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In his final pitch ahead of Election Day, Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin promised Virginians in Loudoun County that he would ban critical race theory teachings in schools and give parents back the power over their children's educations.

Youngkin, who holds less than a one percent lead over Democrat Terry McAuliffe, took the stage Monday night in the battleground county, which has been the state's epicenter of anger regarding school curricula and policies - in particular, the teaching of critical race theory and rules regarding transgender students.

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'We decide that we're going to take the power of our children's education,' he told the crowd of rally goers.

'This is a defining moment to the future of our commonwealth. A defining moment where we can stand up and say no to this progressive liberal agenda taking over.'

Meanwhile, McAuliffe held his own rally Monday, criticizing Youngkin for his unsolicited endorsement from former president Donald Trump.

'Guess how Glenn Youngkin is finishing his campaign? He is doing an event with Donald Trump here in Virginia. I'm here with you and they've got Trump over there,' he said.

'Donald Trump wants to win here tomorrow night so he can next day announce for president of the United States of America. Well, we're going to put an end to Donald Trump's future plans right here in Virginia. I've beaten Trump twice in Virginia, tomorrow we go 3 and 0.'

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Youngkin, who did not mention the former president during his Monday night rally, remained focused on the issues that polls show to be of high importance amongst Virginia's voters.

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'We have to have a moment where the power shifts away from the marble halls of Richmond to the kitchen tables,' Youngkin told his supporters.

'What can happen tomorrow can be a statement, a statement that can be heard across this country because America needs us to vote tomorrow as well.'

He continued: 'America's watching. Why? Because all across this country families are having the same discussions that you all have.

'I get notes all day long, 'Glenn stand up for our kids too. Stand up for the rights of our children because we can't vote this year.'

He promised that the state's schools would not be faucets for political agendas.

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'What we won't do is teach our children to view everything through a lens of race where we divide them into buckets and one group is an oppressor and the other is a victim and we pit them against each other and we steal their dreams,' Youngkin said.

Youngkin also argued that Tuesday's election was the 'moment for Virginians to push back on this left, liberal, progressive agenda,' citing alleged McAuliffe agenda items that would put increase taxes and put the government between schools and families.

McAuliffe - who has repeatedly accused his opponent of using Virginia's children 'as pawns' in his campaign - has denied the existence of critical race theory in the state's education system and argued that he doesn't 'think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.'

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The Democratic candidate promised to create a program to attract more minority teachers while lamenting that Virginia has too many white teachers.

'We got to work hard to diversify our teacher base,' McAuliffe said at the event.

'Fifty per cent of our students are students of color, 80 per cent of the teachers are White, so what I'm going to do for you – we'll be the first state in America,' he continued. 'If you go teach in Virginia for five years in a high-demand area — that could be geographic, it could be course work — we will pay room, board, tuition, any college, any university, or any HBCU here in Virginia.'

The reference to Historically Black Colleges and Universities insinuated that the free college program would be aimed at prioritizing attracting prospective non-white teachers to the state.

However, at a campaign rally Sunday, the Democrat did address the hotbed topic of education, alleging that there were too many white educators in the state.

'We've got to diversify our teacher base here in Virginia. Fifty percent of students at Virginia schools — K-12 — 50 percent are students of color, and yet 80 percent of the teachers are white,' he said.

McAuliffe promised to diversify the state's teacher base and become the first state to pay college tuition and housing for minority educators.

'We all know what we have to do in a school to make everybody feel comfortable in school,' he argued.

'So, here's what I'm going to do. We'll be the first state in America — if you'll teach for five years here in Virginia in a high-demand area, whether that be geographic or course work, we will pay room, board, tuition, at any college, any university, any HBCU [historically black colleges and universities] here in the commonwealth of Virginia.'

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McAuliffe and Youngkin have less than a 1 percent polling gap from each other as Tuesday's Virginia gubernatorial race comes down to the wire.

Youngkin pulled ahead of his Democratic challenger and former Virginia governor on Saturday in a FiveThirtyEight polling average.

On October 28, the two were tied at 47 percent, then on October 29, Youngkin pulled ahead of McAuliffe in a 47.5 to 46.9 percent split.

On Sunday, Youngkin raised to 47.6 percent to McAuliffe's 47 percent.

According to the latest Fox News poll, conducted by Democratic pollster Chris Anderson and Republican Daron Shaw, the majority of Virginians polled also indicated that they trusted Youngkin over McAuliffe when it comes to addressing educational issues.

'It's scary to see things so close,' Brooke Hall-Ewell, a 50-year-old nurse who attended McAuliffe's Monday event, told the Associated Press. 'We've got to keep Virginia blue.'

However, Youngkin supporters argued that it was time for change.


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'He's a straight shooter,' Dan Maloy, a 53-year-old small business owner, said Monday.

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'He cares about the issues that we care about. You know, it's food on the table. What's the cost of groceries? What's the cost of gas? What do we need to do to move Virginia forward?'

If Youngkin win's election, he would be the first Republican to be elected as Virginia's governor in more than a decade.

Meanwhile, Democrats are fearful of losing their stronghold in Virginia.

A loss in the Virginia governor's race, long considered a bellwether for midterm elections, would trigger all-out panic among Democrats far beyond Virginia.

The party is already wary about their chances in elections that will decide control of the House and Senate and statehouses next year.

'This is your chance to break the grip on the radical Left': Trump rallies Virginia voters for Glenn Youngkin and slams 'shady' Democrat Terry McAuliffe as an 'apologist' for CRT

Former President Donald Trump slammed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe as an 'apologist' during Monday's tele-rally where he threw his support behind Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.

'Glenn's running against, as you know, very shady Terry McAuliffe. I know him very well,' Trump told Virginians. 'He's an apologist, and that's all you can say on critical race theory. It just entered his vocabulary a while ago, and now it's there, and now he's trying to get out of it because he sees what it's doing to his numbers.

'He actually said, 'I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should be teaching.'

The former president's phone rally lasted approximately six minutes, the Washington Examiner reported.

During that time he addressed several hot button topics including taxes, jobs and issues surrounding children's education, such as critical race theory.

The role of critical race theory in Virginia's education system has remained a major topic of debate throughout the gubernatorial race with McAuliffe arguing the teaching does not exist in the state and Youngkin vowing to ban it once and for all.

Former President Donald Trump slammed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe as an 'apologist for critical race theory' during a tele-rally urging voters to support Republican Glenn Youngkin in Tuesday's election © Provided by Daily Mail Former President Donald Trump slammed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe as an 'apologist for critical race theory' during a tele-rally urging voters to support Republican Glenn Youngkin in Tuesday's election

During his Monday night tele-rally, Trump encouraged his 'great, giant, beautiful base' to vote for Youngkin, alleging that Tuesday's election is Virginia's chance to 'break the grip on the radical left that they have on the commonwealth.'

He warned his followers that McAuliffe would negatively impact the state's education system, quoting the Democrat's infamous statement from debate in September: 'I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.'

'That means all of those school boards… are listening to a lot of angry parents,' the former president said.

'We don't want that. We want there to be harmony and peace.'

He urged Virginians to 'send a very strong message to Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, AOC plus three' and the 'really corrupt media' by keeping the  Democrat out of office.

'If you vote to keep the radical Democrat machine in power, they'll totally ruin that very special place where you live,' Trump said. 'You're going to be totally powerless to stop them.'

He called McAuliffe corrupt and alleged that the former Virginia governor was aligned with the 'radical left.'

'He was not a successful governor, he was not a good governor, but he's gotten worse. He's made a corrupt bargain with the radical left, the extremists who control the Democratic Party,' Trump argued.

Trump called Terry McAuliffe (pictured with his wife Dorothy at a campaign rally Sunday) an 'apologist for critical race theory' and alleged that the Democratic candidate was aligned with the 'radical left' © Provided by Daily Mail Trump called Terry McAuliffe (pictured with his wife Dorothy at a campaign rally Sunday) an 'apologist for critical race theory' and alleged that the Democratic candidate was aligned with the 'radical left' Trump encouraged his 'great, giant, beautiful base' to vote instead for Glenn Youngkin (pictured at his campaign rally Monday), alleging that Tuesday's election is Virginia's chance to 'break the grip on the radical left that they have on the commonwealth' © Provided by Daily Mail Trump encouraged his 'great, giant, beautiful base' to vote instead for Glenn Youngkin (pictured at his campaign rally Monday), alleging that Tuesday's election is Virginia's chance to 'break the grip on the radical left that they have on the commonwealth'

Youngkin - who has kept Trump at arm's length during his campaign, trying not to align himself with him or alienate his supporters - did not attend the call, nor was he involved in the planning.

In fact, the gubernatorial candidate held his own campaign rally Monday night in Virginia Beach and did not mention Trump once.

Despite Youngkin's apparent distance from the former president Trump told his supporters that the Republican was a 'fantastic guy.'

'Tomorrow, I'd like to ask everyone to get out and vote for Glenn Youngkin,' he urged.

'I've gotten to know him so well and our relationship is great.'

The former president touted Youngkin's businesses successes and told his supporters that the Republican was 'great on jobs and taxes, keeping them low.'

He argued that Youngkin would 'make Virginia really the envy of the world.'

'Glenn Youngkin has had an enormously successful career in business as most of you know, running a very incredible company that employed hundreds of people,' Trump touted.

'He'll be on your taxes and keeping them low. They're going to raise them through the sky. And he'll make Virginia really the envy of the world. You'll watch, and he'll be able to do it and won't even be that hard.'

Trump also warned that McAuliffe would 'massively raise your taxes,' be 'weak on crime,' and that 'he'll shred your Second Amendment.'

He also encouraged voters to select Republicans 'up and down the ballot.'

Throughout the gubernatorial race, Trump has remained vocal about issues impacting Virginians.

On Saturday he shared that he supported the parents protesting at the Loudoun County school against administrators who seek to teach critical race theory.

'I've been watching the school board hearings more closely than I ever have, to be honest, and it's so interesting,' the former president told Fox News on Saturday.

'The parents are incensed. They're not terrorists. They're people that are just so upset.'

The former president said parents are also mobilized to prevent schools from teaching racial content.

'They're angry. They're hurt. They're crying because their children are being taught things that - in our opinion, in my opinion, in the vast majority of the people in this country's opinion - they don't want their children to hear about this stuff,' Trump continued.

'They want to go back to reading, writing, and arithmetic, and they want to hear that black people are good, and they want to hear that white people are good.

'This is the division that is being caused by these programs.'

Critical race theory teachings have been met with backlash in Virginia, specifically in Loudoun County.

McAuliffe has repeatedly denied the existstence of critical race theory in the state's education system.

Youngkin - who has kept Trump at arm's length during his campaign, trying not to align himself with him or alienate his supporters - did not attend the tele-rally. He instead held his own campaign event in Virginia Beach on Monday night (pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail Youngkin - who has kept Trump at arm's length during his campaign, trying not to align himself with him or alienate his supporters - did not attend the tele-rally. He instead held his own campaign event in Virginia Beach on Monday night (pictured)

'It's a dog whistle,' McAuliffe said during an interview last month. 'It's racial. It's division. And it's used by Glenn Youngkin and others … to divide people. It's not taught here in Virginia.'

Youngkin, however, has vowed to ban critical race theory from being taught in schools if he is elected.

'[I]n the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we're called to judge one another based on the content of our character and not the color of our skin,' Youngkin said at a rally on Sunday. 'And that's why there's no place for critical race theory in our school system, and why, on day one, I'm going to ban it.'

'[Critical race theory] teaches children to see everything through a lens of race and then to divide them into buckets and and have children [who] are called privileged and others [who] are victims. It is just wrong.'

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