RICHMOND, Va. — Former President Barack Obama will campaign with fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final stretch of the Virginia governor’s race.

“The stakes could not be greater,” McAuliffe said, as he announced the news Tuesday morning on MSNBC.

McAuliffe’s race against the GOP nominee, first-time political candidate Glenn Youngkin, is tightening, according to the latest polls. His effort to win a second, nonconsecutive term in office is one of only two regularly scheduled governor’s races in the country this year and is being closely watched for indications of voter sentiment ahead of next year’s midterms.

McAuliffe’s campaign announced that Obama will join him in Richmond on Oct. 23 to mobilize Virginians during early voting, which began weeks ago and runs in person through Oct. 30.

Obama rallied Democrats in Virginia’s capital city in 2017 before Ralph Northam beat Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie by nearly 9 percentage points. He’ll follow other high-profile Democrats visiting the commonwealth to support McAuliffe.

First lady Jill Biden is set to visit Friday. Stacey Abrams, the voting rights activist, grassroots organizer and former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate, will campaign with McAuliffe in Norfolk and northern Virginia on Sunday. Also Sunday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will campaign with Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, a McAuliffe protege.

McAuliffe initially said on “Morning Joe” that Obama would be coming Saturday, in a way that suggested the visit would precede Abrams’ events. His campaign then had to clarify his remarks.

McAuliffe stumped in July with President Joe Biden, whose popularity has slumped, according to a recent poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The McAuliffe campaign said Tuesday Biden would return later in the month.

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Youngkin but has not visited Virginia to support the former private equity executive.

McAuliffe, who preceded Northam in office, called Youngkin a “Trump wannabe” on Tuesday and said a win for Youngkin would get Trump “off the mat” and kick off another presidential run in 2024.

“We can’t let it happen,” he said.

Youngkin has said he would vote for Trump in 2024 if Trump is the Republican nominee.

In a written statement, Youngkin campaign spokeswoman Macaulay Porter said voters are rejecting McAuliffe’s platform, “so his response is to bring in more politicians to help draw a crowd larger than twelve people.”

Election Day is Nov. 2.

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J Smith

This is interesting. Why doesn’t McAuliffe get Joe Biden to come campaign with him?

Because Joe Biden is not very popular in the state of Virginia. Joe Biden’s policies are crushing the economy, stalling economic growth, destroying jobs, dividing our nation, embarrassing our country in front of our allies, and emboldening our adversaries.

Well, why doesn’t McAuliffe get Ralph Northam to come campaign with him?

Because the last 4 years of Northam leadership (8 years if you count McAuliffe’s previous term as governor of Virginia) have been a disaster for our state.

- According to WalletHub, Virginia doesn’t even rank in the top 30 of states when it comes to economy and labor market.

- Virginia ranks LAST in paying teachers according to

- Bankrate scores Virginia as 31 out 50 when it comes to choosing a place to retire. Significantly contributing to that score were our high property and sales tax rates and our access to health care and economic security.

- Under Northam and a democrat controlled state congress, the Virginia Values Act was signed into law that compels places of worship, religious schools and faith ministries to hire employees that do not share their beliefs.

- Under McAuliffe-Northam, our schools have lost their way and become bee hives for identity politics and political correctness rather than academic excellence.

- On top of everything else, we’re more divided than ever with McAuliffe-Northam supporting the teaching of Critical Race Theory in our schools that believes people should be judged by the color of their skin and that the police are the source of our problems and should be defunded.

So, McAuliffe has sent out an appeal to Mr & Mrs Obama, Stacey Abrams, and other democrat leaders to come help. They will not be focusing on Virginia’s problems. They will not offer a vision for Virginia.

The purpose of McAuliffe’s call for help is to make sure that minority voters are reminded how they’re supposed to vote. Because democrats don’t believe that minority voters can think for themselves.

Remember Joe Biden’s infamous comment to Charlamagne tha God when running for election, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” Really? How racist!

But that’s what democrats do. They infantilize minorities, essentially saying, “there is nothing you can do for yourselves.”

So, the Obama’s and Stacy Abrams will remind minorities how they are expected to vote.

What they won’t do is tell minorities why voting for McAuliffe this time around will actually result in better jobs, better education, more freedom, more opportunities.

We need a different type of leader in Richmond. Leaders who will unite us, not divide us, and lead us in a colorblind pursuit of excellence.

Think independently, think differently. Vote for Youngkin, Sears, and Miyares.



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