McAuliffe Distances Himself from Biden as Virginia Polls Tighten

Terry McAuliffe campaigns for governor with President Biden in Arlington, Va., July 23, 2021.
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At a virtual campaign rally last night, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe attempted to distance himself from President Biden.

“We’re facing a lot of headwinds from Washington,” he told supporters. As you know, the president is unpopular today, unfortunately, here in Virginia, so we have got to plow through.”

A McAuliffe spokesperson later told Politico Playbook, “Terry’s point was clearly that Democrats can’t take anything for granted and must turn out to vote this year: Glenn Youngkin is running on a divisive, Trumpian agenda that puts election conspiracy theories and banning abortion first.”

I think McAuliffe’s point was pretty obvious: Virginians might not be thrilled with the

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