President Joe Biden crossed the Potomac River to Arlington, Virginia Tuesday night to campaign for former Gov. Terry McAuliffe by repeatedly going after his opponent Glenn Youngkin – blasting Trump’s statements following the death of Colin Powell and ripping Youngkin for picking up Trump’s election fraud claims.
‘How well do you know Terry’s opponent?’ Biden asked a crowd of McAuliffe supporters. ‘Well just remember this. I ran against Donald Trump. And Terry is running against an acolyte of Donald Trump,’ he said, tearing into Youngkin, the GOP candidate.
He called out Trump’s ‘attack’ on Colin Powell after his death at 84 – Trump dubbed him a ‘RINO.’ Biden called it ‘unbelievable,’ speaking near the Pentagon in a region filled with military workers and contractors.
‘Trump did the same thing about John McCain. That’s who Donald Trump is. All coming from a guy who invented the Big Lie, drove a mob of insurrectionists to breach the Capitol on the sixth of January. And to this day, he incites people all around the country,’ Biden said.
President Joe Biden campaigned for former Virginia Gov. Terry McAcAuliffe, who faces a tough bid to reclaim the governor’s mansion
With the tight election in Virginia likely to reverberate across national politics after Election Day next month, Biden pointed to Youngkin’s statement about election ‘integrity’ to paint him as a pawn of Trump.
‘This guy starts that he’s calling for election integrity … Now why did he do that?’ Biden asked the crowd.
He said he did it because he wanted to hear from Trump. ‘There was a price he’d have to pay for the nomination, and he paid it,’ Biden said. ‘But now he doesn’t want to talk about Trump anymore. Well, I do. Talk about an oxymoron: Donald Trump an election integrity.’
Democratic gubernatorial candidate former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a rally Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, in Arlington, Va. McAuliffe will face Republican Glenn Youngkin in the November election
Biden hailed Powell as a decorated American hero.
Trump wrote the day after Powell’s death: ‘Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big mistakes on Iraq and famously, so-called weapons of mass destruction, be treated in death so beautifully by the Fake News Media. Hope that happens to me someday. He was a classic RINO, if even that, always being the first to attack other Republicans. He made plenty of mistakes, but anyway, may he rest in peace!’
Trump was Topic One at the rally in other ways – as pro-Trump protesters yelled out at the top of the event.
‘That’s right this is not a Trump rally – we let ‘em holler,’ Biden said, a reference to how Trump had protesters tossed from his events in 2016 and 2020.
‘That’s alright. Let them go. Why don’t you hang out and talk to me when this is over okay?’ amid audible cheers from Trump protesters.
A pool reporter traveling with Biden said the protesters were in fact yelling about a pipeline to carry tar sands from Canada to Wisconsin.
They were shouting ‘Stop Line 3!,’ in reference to the project.
Biden also ripped Youngkin for not having Trump stump for him in-person in the state.
‘He won’t stand next to Donald Trump now that the campaign’s on. What’s he trying to hide?’ Biden said.
‘Is there a problem with Trump being here? Is he embarrassed’ he wondered.
Then he tore into Youngkin on other issues.
‘If you want to protect a woman’s right to choose in Virginia, you need a governor absolutely committed to protecting that right,’ Biden said, pointing to a new Texas abortion law.
Youngkin has given back at Biden, accusing him of having a ‘failed presidency.’
Biden had another message in an off-year election, when his own public approval ratings have slipped after the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and problems dealing with COVID-19. ‘Vote, vote, vote, vote, vote.’
McAuliffe has seen his lead over Republican Glenn Youngkin slip away with one week to go until the election.
A new USA Today/Suffolk University Poll released Tuesday has the candidates essentially tied – with McAuliffe receiving 45.6 per cent and Youngkin at 45.2 per cent. Five per cent of Virginians polls remained undecided.
That’s a big change, as McAuliffe had been comfortably ahead of Youngkin for most of the race – sometimes by as much as nine points, surveys showed.
President Joe Biden will return to the campaign trail Tuesday night to stump for Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who is now tied with Republican Glenn Youngkin in the commonwealth’s gubernatorial race
As the polls have tightened, big name Democrats have flocked to Virginia. Former President Barack Obama (left) appeared with McAuliffe (right) on Saturday in Richmond
Singer Dave Matthews (middle left) joined McAuliffe (right) on the campaign trail in Charlottesville on Sunday, along with Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison (left) and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams (middle right)
Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin fills up a supporter’s truck with gas at campaign event on the gas tax in Diwiddie at the Flat Rock Country Store on October 26, 2021 in McKenney, Virginia
McAuliffe was a known quantity in Virginia, having already served as governor.
Virginia doesn’t allow governors to run for consecutive terms, so McAuliffe had to sit out four years before running for his old job again.
Now that the race has tightened, Democrats have been forced to send their biggest political stars to the state to get McAuliffe across the line.
Polling has shown that Youngkin is more likely to win if turnout is low.
Republicans in the state are more enthusiastic about voting in the race than their Democratic counterparts, the Monmouth survey showed.
On Saturday, former President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail, urging Democrats, ‘Don’t sit this one out.’
He linked Youngkin, a businessman who used to lead the Carlyle Group, to former President Donald Trump and the so-called ‘big lie.’
‘You can’t run ads telling me you are a regular old hoops-playing, dish-washing, fleece-wearing guy, but quietly cultivate support from those who seek to tear down our democracy,’ Obama said.
Obama said Youngkin had wanted to audit voting machines used in the last presidential election.
‘Really? Encouraging the lies and conspiracy theories that we’ve had to live through all this time? And yet we’re supposed to believe he’s going to stand up for our democracy?’ Obama mused.
At another campaign event over the weekend, McAuliffe was joined by Dave Matthews, the frontman of the Dave Matthews Band, in Charlottesville, where the band got its start.
Former Georgia gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams and Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison were also on hand.
Before that, Vice President Kamala Harris campaigned with McAuliffe on Thursday, while First Lady Jill Biden joined him on the campaign trail the week before.
Harris will return to the campaign trail for McAuliffe on Friday, at a Norfolk event with singer Pharrell Williams.
McAuliffe (left) appeared with Vice President Kamala Harris (right) at a campaign event Thursday night in Dumfries, Virginia. Monmouth, Emerson and Suffolk polls this week showed McAuliffe tied with Republican rival Glenn Youngkin, spooking Democrats
McAuliffe (left) appeared with First Lady Jill Biden (right) at a rally earlier this month in Richmond, Virginia
Biden’s appearance in Arlington, one of D.C.’s blue suburbs, marks the second time he’ll join McAuliffe on the campaign trail.
He also attended a rally in July.
Biden is squeezing in the trip before heading to Italy and Scotland for the G20 and COP26. It also comes as negotiations on the Built Back Better reconciliation bill continue on Capitol Hill.
In September, Biden helped California Gov. Gavin Newsom overcome a recall election threat.
Biden appeared with Newsom in Long Beach, California on election eve.
They were successful, in part, because the two Democrats nationalized the election and turned Newsom’s top Republican competitor, radio talk show host Larry Elder, into a new version of Trump.
Source: Daily Mail UK