Republicans say they are not worried about the president campaigning for his opponent.
Virginia Republican governor candidate Glenn Youngkin told Granthshala News that President Biden has had a “failed presidency” and that the “sun is setting” on the political career of his Democratic rival, former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Granthshala News Washington correspondent Mark Meredith asked Youngkin if he was concerned Biden would campaign with McAuliffe in the final leg of the toss-up governor’s race.
“I’m not afraid, I’ll be honest,” Youngkin replied. “You know, down the stretch here, Virginians are focused on what their governors are going to do for them when I’m governor and we’re going to lower our taxes and we’re going to cut our job machine. We’re going to crank back up, make our neighborhoods safer. And we’re really going to make sure that our schools are teaching our kids how to think and what not to think.”
Youngkin campaign ad uses McAuliffe’s words to show its stand against parents influencing schools
The Republican noted that McAuliffe has to “try to bring in all these personalities.”
“You can’t help but look at President Biden and recognize what a failed president looks like,” Youngkin said. “I mean, you look at Afghanistan, you look at the border, you look at our economy, you look at the fact that everything it’s doing is making America worse, and I’m going to work and I’ll make Virginia better.”
Officials told Congressional staff on Friday that the State Department is in contact with 363 Americans and about 176 legal permanent residents attempting to leave Afghanistan. Lawmakers have condemned the administration for leaving behind hundreds of Americans, while the administration put the number at around 100 in September.
Meanwhile, fiscal year 2021 broke the previous annual record for migrant encounters at the border, with Customs and Border Protection reporting that law enforcement encountered 1.7 million illegal people.
Youngkin says McAuliffe ‘making candidate’ in razor-thin gubernatorial race
Rising inflation, rising gas prices and the supply chain have hit the economy as Biden looks to spend trillions on infrastructure through his “Build Back Better” plan.
Meredith also asked Youngkin to comment on McAuliffe’s decision to make fun of her Republican opponent’s clothing—his khakis and his wool.
“I guess this tells you that the sun is setting on Terry McAuliffe’s 43-year political career, and they’re going to do anything to make headlines from the fact that he’s sinking.”
While Virginia heavily supports Joe Biden, who won by 10 points in 2020, recent polls show the governor’s race neck-and-neck between McAuliffe and Youngkin. Youngkin has risen to the polls after supporting parental rights in education amid a school board scramble over COVID-19, critical race theory, and transgender issues in Fairfax County and Loudoun County. Youngqin has called for several resignations in the wake of the school board’s cover-up of an alleged sexual assault on a girl’s toilet.
Meanwhile, McAuliffe has attempted to distance herself from the comments she made. September debate. “I don’t think parents should tell schools what they should teach,” the Democrat had said.
Granthshala News’ Mark Meredith contributed to this report.