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Obama denounces Republican candidate for Virginia governor post

15:44, 24 October 2021
Obama denounces Republican candidate for Virginia governor post Photo: Mark Reinstein/ZUMAPRESS.com

The ex-President of the US has supported Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the race with Glenn Youngkin for the position.

Former US President Barack Obama delivered a speech in front of some 2,000 people to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe for Virginia governor. The ex-Head of State has also heavily criticized the GOP’s candidate for the post, Glenn Youngkin.

The rally was held on Saturday at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Obama presented McAuliffe, 64, as an experienced candidate and called him a “steady hand”. McAuliffe was Virginia’s governor in 2014-2018.

At the same time, the first African-American president of the US criticized Youngkin for “encouraging the lies and conspiracy theories” referring to the election fraud claims promoted by the Republicans and former US President Donald Trump.

“Either he actually believes in the same conspiracy theories that resulted in a mob, or he doesn’t believe it but he is willing to go along with it, to say or do anything to get elected.”

Obama has accused the Republican candidate of threatening democracy as well as of seeking support from those who will tear that democracy down.

The Democrats have also been represented by Congressmen Donald McEachin, Bobby Scott, Tim Kaine, and Governor Ralph Northam at the event. They have called the elections rivalry between a proven leader and a radical, invoking the chances that the republicans will restrict voting access and abortion rights.

“Glenn Youngkin is extreme. This guy is a fanboy for Donald Trump,” said chairman of the DNC Jaime Harrison.

Youngkin’s representatives responded that Obama’s claims were false and accused the Democrats of a radical vision of the future. Donald Trump did not join the campaign of Youngkin and it is still uncertain if he was going to. Still, the Former President backed Youngkin several times and promoted rallies supporting the GOP candidate. 

The elections will be held in Virginia on November 2. The candidates’ race has been called a tight one and drew the attention of the entire country obscuring the similar race in New Jersey.

US President Joe Biden was victorious in the state last fall by taking 10 percentage points.