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As Democratic Field Targets McAuliffe, McAuliffe Goes After Republican Youngkin


The Democratic candidates for governor are heading into the final stretch of the primary campaign, and they're making their closing arguments to voters.

During the third televised debate for governor Thursday night, former Governor Terry McAuliffe turned his attention away from his rivals and toward Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.

Over and over again, McAuliffe looked beyond the primary and toward the general.  "Glenn Youngkin is a private equity billionaire who supported the Trump tax cuts," McAuliffe said.

McAuliffe is pitching his campaign as big and bold, but former Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy says it's not enough.  "As governor, I'll go bigger and bolder," she predicted.

Senator Jennifer McClellan says the former governor's plans are stale.  "It's, frankly, not bold. It's old."

Delegate Lee Carter offered perhaps the strongest contrast between himself and McAuliffe.  "Are people who have been fighting against the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline for the last six or seven years going to be excited to vote for the guy who approved those pipelines? Of course they're not," Carter said.

Voters will decide which candidate they're excited about on June 8, and not just for governor. Also on the ballot, the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor and attorney general.

This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.

Michael Pope is an author and journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria.