Pence appearance in Virginia not tied to Youngkin, campaign insists

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Pence set to deliver remarks focused on ‘educational freedom’ in Loudon County on Thursday

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Loudoun County, Va. In former Vice President Mike Pence’s address, Virginia is not tied to the campaign of GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin.

set to pence comment Thursday in Loudon County focused on “educational freedom,” a topic that has largely been defined in the Virginia governor’s race. But a spokesman for the Youngkin campaign told Granthshala News that the former vice president’s program in the state had nothing to do with his campaign.

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The Youngkin campaign distance from Pence comes as Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has repeatedly attempted to link his Republican rival to former President Donald Trump, even as issue an advertisement Which compared the stances of Youngkin and Trump on pandemic restrictions.

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Youngkin distanced himself from the former president several times, saying that during a debate last month That the results of the 2020 presidential election were “certificately fair” and contained no “material fraud”.

But Youngkin has also called for audits of the voting machines used during the 2020 election, while Trump backs his bid to lead the state.

Pence’s educational freedom speech will take place less than a week before the gubernatorial election in a county that has become one of the hallmarks of protests against school boards over issues such as critical race doctrine, COVID-19 restrictions and transgender policies.

Pence has been a vocal critic of critical race theory in the past, comparing it to “state-sanctioned racism” earlier this year.

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Candidate for governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe speaks during his campaign rally on October 21, 2021 in Dumfries, Virginia.  Reuters/Kevin Lamarck

“Critical race theory teaches children to be ashamed of the color of their skin as early as kindergarten. It represents a full-throated attack at the heart of American experimentation,” Pence said during an event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

“This is nothing short of state-sponsored and state-sanctioned racism. Our party must ensure that critical race theory is expelled from our schools, our military, and our public institutions,” he said.


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