Harris makes a final pitch for McAuliffe

Vice President Harris took a trip to Norfolk, Virginia, on Friday night to campaign for Virginia’s Democratic candidate for Governor Terry McAuliffe as part of a final push by major Democrats to propel him into an unexpectedly tight race.

Harris used his appearance to urge voters not to be complacent. He described the Virginia elections as an “indicator” of what will happen in the future elections of 2022 and 2024.

“The power is in your hands and the elections are important,” Harris told the crowd. “If you hadn’t done what you did in 2020, I wouldn’t be here.”

Harris described McAuliffe as an advocate for abortion rights, health coverage, LGBTQ rights, voting rights and veterans, and said he would take climate change seriously. She described the election as a binary choice of whether the United States advances or “turn back the clock.”

Harris made a brief reference to the 2016 presidential election results, urging would-be Democratic voters to go to the polls as McAuliffe faces Republican Glenn Youngkin.

“When many of us think the right thing will happen, everything will be fine,” he said, without mentioning the former President TrumpDonald Trump Former lawmakers sign brief to counter Trump’s claims of executive privilege in January 6 probe Fox poll shows Youngkin leads McAuliffe by 8 points among potential voters Iowa legislature passes redistribution proposal of districts MORE by name. “One of the lessons we learned among many: we can never take anything for granted.”

“Progress never comes without hard work and often without struggle,” he said.

Musician Pharrell Williams, a native of Virginia Beach, spoke before Harris took the stage Friday night, as did incumbent Governor Ralph Northam (D).

Friday’s appearance is expected to be Harris’s last o President BidenJoe Biden Former lawmakers sign brief to counter Trump’s claims of executive privilege in January 6 probe Biden appoints Sara Minkara as special adviser to the US on international rights of persons with disabilities Fox poll shows that Youngkin leads McAuliffe by 8 points among likely voters MORE for McAuliffe before the elections next Tuesday, November 2. Biden appeared at an event for McAuliffe earlier this week before leaving for a trip abroad to Europe.

Harris, a key asset to the Democrats in the campaign, last stumped for McAuliffe in October and also spearheaded a fundraiser for him in September.

Polls show a close race between McAuliffe, who previously served as Virginia governor from 2014 to 2018, and Youngkin, a businessman.

A Washington Post-Schar School poll released Friday found that 49 percent of likely voters in Virginia support McAuliffe, while 48 percent support Youngkin.

Some Democrats hoped the House would pass a bipartisan infrastructure package before the gubernatorial election to give McAuliffe a boost, but Biden left for Europe on Thursday and failed to get a vote. Progressives have refused to vote on the infrastructure bill without moving forward on a larger social and climate spending package, which was more focused on Thursday.


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