The incoming governor of Virginia. Glenn youngkinGlenn Youngkin ‘Trump in Heels’ Amanda Chase Launches Run for Spanberger Seat House Democrats Target People of Color with Turnout Operation Americans Keep Spending MORE (R) said on Wednesday that education may be a winning issue for Republicans in the upcoming election, after the political newcomer successfully implemented that strategy in the Old Dominion gubernatorial race earlier this month.
Youngkin, speaking to attendees at the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Phoenix, said that while polls rank education as an unimportant issue, it is currently a priority for voters.
“The polls were telling us that education was the seventh, eighth or ninth most important topic,” Youngkin said, according to The Associated Press. “Let me tell you, it’s the main issue right now, and Republicans across the country can own this issue.”
The former CEO of a private equity firm turned politician surpassed the former Virginia governor. Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffeGOP Primary fights escalate after Trump endorsed House Democrats planning 1,000 events to promote accomplishments Manchin has “ a lot of concerns ” about timing of Biden’s spending plan MORE (D) in the contentious race for governor earlier this month, surprising many considering that the Commonwealth had been reliably blue in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.
A key part of McAuliffe’s campaign focused on the issue of education and school curricula, emphasizing that parents must play a role in deciding what their children learn in the classroom. One of his mottos was “parents matter.”
Other Republicans seem to agree with that strategy along the way. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Indiana), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, wrote in a memo after the gubernatorial race that the Republican Party “can and should become the party of the fathers.”
Youngkin also won by keeping his distance from the former President TrumpDonald Trump On The Money – Biden Warns Oil Industry Memo: Gosar Censored, But Toxic Culture Rises Cleveland MLB Team Officially Renames Guardians Friday MORE while supporting and promoting his policies that are popular with Republican voters. The nominee accepted the former president’s endorsement, but the two never campaigned together in person.
The incoming governor said Wednesday that while the Republican Party “has historically been a bit on our heels” when it comes to education, Republican candidates can now win races advocating for “strong schools that teach our children to excel, without diluting the curriculum, a school where parents have a voice in what their children are taught, ”according to AP.
He also said Republicans can secure future victories by focusing on “kitchen table economics” and local issues, rather than emphasizing national politics.
In addition, Youngkin pointed to his successful strategy of not criticizing the results of the 2020 presidential elections, but implementing a vision for the future.
“I have campaigned primarily to look forward and not backward,” Youngkin said, according to the AP, while noting that he does plan “to invest in our electoral process in the future so that Virginians can trust our electoral process.”