October 16, 2021 12:10 am
Terry McAuliffe attacks Glenn Youngkin as ‘Trump wannabe’

Terry McAuliffe attacks Glenn Youngkin as ‘Trump wannabe’

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe painted his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin as a “wannabe” of Donald Trump, continuing his efforts to tie Mr. Youngkin to the former president.

Mr. McAuliffe was posed a question on Thursday during a debate against Mr. Youngkin on why he has invoked Mr. Trump in many of his ads, rather than focusing on his own proposals.

“Because my opposition is a Trump wannabe,” Mr. McAuliffe stated. “He has been endorsed three times by Donald Trump He said ‘I’m honored to have his endorsement.’ He‘s quoted saying ‘so much of the reason why I’m running is because of Donald Trump.’ That’s his quote, so he‘s the one who’s inserted Donald Trump here.”

Mr. McAuliffe also accused his opponent of mirroring Mr. Trump‘s policies and specifically mentioned hiring ex-Trump adviser Stephen Moore to be his economic adviser.

Mr. McAuliffe, who served as governor between 2014 and 2018, has issued several ads that compare Mr. Youngkin to Mr. Trump. He tried to focus on the comparison during a July rally he that President Biden held. He stated that Mr. McAuliffe was running for Mr. Trump .

The attacks coincide with Mr. Trump‘s poor performance in Democratic-trending Virginia in 2016 and 2020.

In 2016, he lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton by roughly 6 percentage points and lost by 10 points to Mr. Biden in 2020.

The race for Virginia is close with polls showing that Mr. McAuliffe is slightly ahead of Mr. Youngkin. An 8News/Emerson College poll that came out Thursday ahead of the debate showed Mr. McAuliffe had 49% support compared to Mr. Youngkin’s 45%.

The poll surveyed 778 likely voters between Sept. 13-14 and had an error margin of 3.4 percentage points.

Virginia law prohibits governors serving consecutive terms but not non-consecutive.

Election Day is Nov. 2. Early voting starts Friday.

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