Biden, despite flagging poll numbers, returning to Virginia campaign trail ahead of Election Day


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McAuliffe teams up with Biden, Obama, other top Democrats to energize Democratic voters amid close race in Virginia

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With former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe in the state’s governor showdown less than weeks from election day with a razor-thin lead over GOP candidate Glenn Yunkin, McAuliffe brought some of the biggest names in the Democratic Party to the polls to vote for Democrats. helped to get excited.

“He’s coming back. You can bet he will,” McAuliffe told reporters during an education roundtable in Alexandria, Virginia on Tuesday during an education roundtable in Alexandria, Virginia.


The McAuliffe campaign did not provide any further details, and neither did the White House.

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“I don’t have any updates about the visit,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during Tuesday’s briefing. I hope we have more information soon about her plans to support the election of former Governor McAuliffe. Have to give.”

The president last teamed up with McAuliffe on the campaign trail in the voter-rich and heavily Democratic Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., in late July.

It was before McAuliffe’s lead over Youngkin, the first-time candidate and former CEO of a large private equity firm, had begun to shrink amid the sinking of Biden’s approval rating. The fall in the president’s numbers stemmed from criticism of Afghanistan’s handling of the troubled US exit, a surge in COVID-19 cases this summer mainly due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant among unconnected people, and the latest surge in Mexico’s Along the southern border with migrants trying to enter the US.

Granthshala News poll: The tough race for Virginia governor

Presidential approval ratings in Virginia have also eroded. A recent Granthshala News poll indicated that Virginians are equally divided on Biden’s work as president and his compatibility, in a state Biden won by 10 points in last November’s presidential election.

McAuliffe, in a recent video conference clip that Republicans took note of, acknowledged that “as you know, we’re facing a lot of obstacles from Washington. The president is unpopular today, unfortunately here in Virginia.” in, so we have to solve.”

Adding to Biden’s voting woes is an inability by the White House and congressional Democrats to date – due to an intra-party battle between progressive and moderate Democrats on Capitol Hill – over the party’s massive social spending, human infrastructure and climate change. To agree on the package, as well as a bipartisan infrastructure bill. This has forced McAuliffe to criticize his own party. The chances of Democrats passing both the agreement and the packages are looming before election day in Virginia.

The former governor has repeatedly emphasized – on the debate stage and in interviews – that it is time for lawmakers in Washington to “stop their petty chit-chat, and it’s time for them to pass it.” there is time.”

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The latest poll averages in the race indicate that McAuliffe — who is running for his old job — holds a modest, single-digit lead over Youngkin in Virginia, where Republicans haven’t won a statewide contest in a dozen years. The Cook Report, a top nonpartisan political hurdle, shifted its ranking of the race from “Lean Democratic” to “Toss Up” three weeks ago.

Virginia and New Jersey are the only two states to hold gubernatorial elections in the year following a presidential decision, a guarantee that they always attract outside attention.

Voters in the Commonwealth have long had a tendency to defeat the gubernatorial candidate of the party that controls the White House. McAuliffe broke with that tradition with his election as governor after Obama was re-elected in 2013. McAuliffe was unable to run for re-election in 2017 because Virginia’s governors have been barred from serving two straight terms.

Close competition in Virginia—a once-major battleground state but still a competitive state seen as a key bell ahead of the 2022 midterm elections—has National Democrats on the edge as they battle their razor-sharp leads in the House of Representatives and Senate. Thin defend the majority. in next year’s competitions.

McAuliffe calls Biden ‘unpopular’ in Virginia

The latest polls in the state also indicate that Republican voters are more motivated than their Democratic counterparts. And McAuliffe presses a full court for Democrats to cast ballots in the current early voting period, or go to the polls on Election Day.

In addition to Biden, McAuliffe’s team also announced Tuesday that former President Obama will campaign with the former governor in the state capital, Richmond, a week from Saturday, October 23. Even after being removed from the White House for nearly five years, the former two-term president remains very popular and influential among voters of his own party.

“Friends, I’m excited to announce that President Obama will be joining me,” McAuliffe wrote on Twitter.

McAuliffe will also campaign with First Lady Jill Biden in Richmond on Friday. And she teams up on the campaign trail this coming weekend with voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House Democratic leader who made history in 2018 as the first black female gubernatorial candidate for a major political party.

Veteran Democratic strategist Josh Schwerin, who ran communications for McAuliffe’s successful 2013 gubernatorial campaign, said there is “absolutely no panic” about Biden returning to the Virginia campaign trail. Schwerin said Biden “absolutely” could still activate Aadhaar, even with his deteriorating poll numbers.

“We’re at a point in the election where it’s all about getting your people to vote,” he insisted.

But Devin O’Malley, communications advisor for the Youngkin campaign, said, “It is telling that the announcement about Biden was not included with the list of other surrogates coming to stump for Terry. All these announcements are a sign that The McAuliffe campaign is intimidating. There’s a huge enthusiasm gap that McAuliffe is trying to close because he doesn’t enthuse his base.”

In contrast, there is no indication that former President Trump, who has backed Youngkin, will come to Virginia to campaign with the GOP candidate.

A Virginia GOP official told Granthshala News that there are no plans to work for the former presidential campaign in Virginia right now, but “both teams are in contact to determine how the former president can be most helpful. “

McAuliffe has been repeatedly linking Youngkin to Trump, who is deeply unpopular with many Virginia voters.

McAuliffe constantly calls Youngkin a “Trump wannabe,” and doesn’t miss the opportunity to link Youngkin to Trump during campaign events, interviews, and two debates between the nominees.

On Monday, McAuliffe went on with the campaign a new digital ad Youngkin of “putting Trump’s agenda first”.

“All Democrats are on the field. Trump, on the other hand, is hiding,” Schwerin alleged. “He is the one that Youngkin needs to oust his voters and for whatever reason they are afraid to bring him to Virginia. In a close race where both sides need to throw everything at it, there are Democrats and Trump’s. MIA.”

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