“We are facing a lot of headwinds from Washington, as you know. The president is unpopular here in Virginia, so we have got to plow through”
The race for Virginia governor is extremely close. Joe Biden’s horrible poll numbers are starting to have a dragging effect on Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe.
Don’t take my word for it, though. McAuliffe is saying this himself.
Emily Brooks reports at the Washington Examiner:
Terry McAuliffe raises alarm: Biden ‘is unpopular here in Virginia’
Terry McAuliffe is saying the quiet part out loud.
The former Virginia governor, a Democrat who is seeking a second, nonconsecutive term, acknowledged in a video conference with supporters that President Joe Biden is unpopular in the state. McAuliffe’s off-the-cuff remarks are a candid sign about challenges the Democratic gubernatorial nominee faces as he pushes through the final weeks of his campaign.
“We’ve got to get Democrats out to vote,” McAuliffe said in the Tuesday night virtual rally with central Virginia Democrats.
“We are facing a lot of headwinds from Washington, as you know. The president is unpopular here in Virginia, so we have got to plow through,” McAuliffe said.
McAuliffe’s blunt recognition of Biden’s flagging approval ratings is also an acknowledgment of trouble for his campaign and a boost for his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin, a first-time candidate and former co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm.
See the video below:
Terry McAuliffe: Joe Biden "is unpopular today unfortunately here in Virginia." pic.twitter.com/QOMAWRBi2A
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 5, 2021
Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin had a few things to say about this.
Charles Creitz reports at FOX News:
Youngkin reacts to McAuliffe’s admission Biden sinking in Virginia
Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, locked in a margin-of-error race with Democratic former Gov. Terence McAuliffe this fall, told Fox News he is not surprised his opponent admitted President Biden’s popularity is collapsing in the Old Dominion.
On “The Story”, host Martha MacCallum noted Biden won Virginia by more than 10 points, and contrasted that with McAuliffe’s admission during a leaked videoconference with Democratic activists that “headwinds from Washington” and “Biden [being] unpopular in Virginia” could hurt his campaign if they do not get out the vote.
McAuliffe, a longtime confidant of Bill and Hillary Clinton who preceded term-limited incumbent Gov. Ralph Northam, is leading Youngkin by 4 points or less in a state that recently saw its legislature flip Democratic, and hasn’t had a Republican governor or U.S. senators in a decade.
“President Biden is unpopular because he’s failing as our president,” said Youngkin.
McAuliffe has lashed out at Youngkin, accusing him of questioning the outcome of the 2020 election. Youngkin punched back, twice as hard by tweeting this:
WATCH: Terry McAuliffe refuses to say George W. Bush was legitimately elected president and defends his claims that the 2000 and 2004 elections were stolen. #VAgov #VAGovRoundtable #BigLie pic.twitter.com/4wQe5SOkkF
— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) October 7, 2021
It’s also worth noting that Democrats in Virginia are pressuring Governor Ralph Northam to waive witness signatures for absentee ballots. Whatever could that be about?
— All American Girl (@AIIAmericanGirI) October 7, 2021
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