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Obama sharply criticizes Youngkin in Va. governor's race

In a visit to Richmond, former President Barack Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin, as he encouraged voters to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the closely watched race.

10/24/2021 12:26:00 AM

In a visit to Richmond , former President Barack Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin, as he encouraged voters to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the closely watched race.

RICHMOND, Va (AP) — Former President Barack Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin, as he encouraged voters on Saturday to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the closely watched race.

ADVERTISEMENTObama described McAuliffe — the state’s governor from 2014-2018 — as an experienced, steady hand and told a crowd of about 2,000 people gathered outdoors at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond that the Nov. 2 election would “show the country and the world that we’re not going to indulge in our worst instincts.”

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The former president said he understood voters are worn down, both from the country’s divisive politics and the strain of the pandemic. But he said there’s too much at stake to not cast a ballot.“We don’t have time to be tired. What is required is sustained effort,” he said.

Asked for comment, a Youngkin campaign spokesman called Obama’s remarks “false statements” and accused The Associated Press of “indulging the fantasies of the Terry and the left because they can’t run on their failed record and radical vision for the future.”

The Youngkin campaign has said election security is a bipartisan concern and has tried to draw a comparison between the false claims of fraud today and the 2000 presidential election, when a Supreme Court ruling decided the winner and McAuliffe blasted the decision and said the election had been stolen.

McAuliffe is seeking a return to office in the only state where the incumbent cannot serve consecutive terms. Less than two weeks out from the Nov. 2 election, polls show a tight race in a state Biden carried by 10 percentage points last fall.While New Jersey is also holding an election for governor on Nov. 2, it’s the Virginia race that’s grabbed national attention as a possible indication of voter sentiment before next year’s midterms.

Numerous Democratic elected officials including U.S. Reps. Donald McEachin and Bobby Scott, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Ralph Northam also delivered remarks at Saturday’s event.The officials cast the election as a choice between a proven leader and an extremist who would roll back progressive reforms implemented during the past two years of full Democratic control of state government, including an expansion of voting rights and abortion access, tighter gun laws and criminal justice reforms. Multiple speakers acknowledged the contest is close.

“We cannot take any chances,” Northam said.Several speakers sought to tie Youngkin and his running mates to Trump.“Glenn Youngkin is extreme. This guy is a fanboy for Donald Trump,” said Jaime Harrison, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Read more: The Associated Press »

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Good luck Let's Go Virginia Stay True Blue 🇺🇲🔵💙🧡🙏🏾 Amen. Please Don't Ever Go Back to being a racist white supremacists, republikkkan red state🇺🇲🔵💙🧡🙏🏾 Amen. Father God, Creator, Mother Earth Help Us All, Deliver us from evil GOG/GOP and MAGOG/MAGA, Amen. Our ex-divider and chief dividing again

Terry McAuliffe is running for Governor because VA needs 📍Quality Education 📍Affordable, Quality Healthcare 📍Clean Energy Future 📍Every Virginian Deserves Opportunities For Success Let’s makes this historical campaign a success; elect TerryMcAuliffe DemVoice1 wtpBLUE I watched former President Obama's speech. It was fantastic. We need his continuing voice of reason and common sense in these troubling times. 🇺🇸❤️

There's a big difference between working with someone reliable and one who's not. This is really amazing I just got another $15,000 with a little investment of $2,000 within a week. i really give thanks to God for making me come across your platform stellafxjeffrey FBI Terry McAuliffe was a woman who died in a space shuttle explosion. The bilderbergs require astronauts to go up in these space ships and die. George W. Bush did it during his presidency. The Lord God the Father told me about this. Ask him, and prosecute. barackobama

Because TerryMcAuliffe cannot carry his own message and have a chance at winning he must have help. Wasn’t McAuliffe the guy who said parents shouldn’t have a say in what school teach their children? hes not welcome here 🤢🤢🤮🤮 Our democracy is at risk.

Obama hits campaign trail ahead of gubernatorial elections in Virginia, New JerseyWith just over a week to go until the last day of voting in Virginia and New Jersey, former Pres. Barack Obama is joining each state's Democratic nominee for governor on the campaign trail. I wonder if SOPHISTICATED obama care a bit about current issues... INFLATION PORT CRISIS DRUG CRISIS BORDER CRISIS VIOLENCE CRISIS OIL CRISIS CHINA Covid19 crisis 🤡 The fact that it’s not Biden speaks volumes.

Barry brought in to boost up the career Clintonite. Gotta keep those Democrat sheep in the barn. 🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑 They don’t want to lose Terry! They responded to the rebuke with the hard R Black Virginians for Glenn Youngkin I still haven’t heard GlennYoungkin say that if he had been Governor last fall that he would have certified Joe Biden as the winner of Virginia. What happens if he wins and Trump leans on him to override the will of the voters?

Lol. Sharp rebuke. Lol Dems must be concerned to bring Obama out Thanks, Barry Not a chance Democrats take away freedoms and empower the government. Seems like the parties have switched in the last 20 years. Never….. ever

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Support a party tool and ignore the debate debacle and walk away from an interview Fixed it Lol Just not the current president. I can't believe how Obama became the leader of America one day He is only good at spoiling and ripping countries apart He's a deceiver, and he'll tear up national unity TV ads in NVA/DC area has Obama referring to Terry as “her”. Guess he now knows who Terry is.

Maybe Biden is not wrong about Jim Crowe... what I see is a white guy having a black guy support him and do his work. nobodyscow ReformSenateB4SCOTUS AP is so happy

Youngkin tries to harness Virginia parent anger in possible '22 GOP previewGlenn Youngkin framed the campaign as a fight over the role of government in public school classrooms and the “fundamental right” of parents to be involved in their children’s education. I hope Virginians are awake and vote fot Youngkin. We need to be inform about the democrat globalist socialist agenda. They are leading us to bankruptcy. Building Backcruptcy better for ALL hard working Americans.

Why Virginia is a team effort for Democrats and one-man mission for RepublicansIn the final days of Virginia ’s neck-and-neck campaign for governor, seemingly the entire Democratic Party is mustering to support Terry McAuliffe, while Republican Glenn Youngkin is happily going it more or less alone. Glenn Youngkin helped finance the insurrection, guys. It’s bc they have to scramble, cuz TerryMcAuliffe is THAT tragic. I def wouldn’t vote for this (and didn’t). Vote PrinBlandingVA And the same show is neverendingly going on

How Close Is Virginia’s Governors Race?The polls show a tight contest, even as the state has gotten steadily bluer in recent elections. It’s not close . The press wants it close , but it really isn’t . Just like California! They wanted a tight race . Ended up being a 30 pt race . So ABC , just stop the dramatics

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