“We tend to think of it as a [election] here, because, you know, only New Jersey has a gubernatorial election in the same year. But at the same time the governor of Virginia, and we’re looking at Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry, and some remarkable people, plays a very high role, ”Beyer said. “I don’t mean our governors are more important than other governors, but I think we probably think so.”
Republican candidate, businessman Glenn Youngkin, contrasted his experience with McAuliffe’s long-standing connections in Washington. And Republicans are taking note of such an early appearance by Biden.
“McAuliffe needs to look at the gloomy poll numbers if he needs the president to campaign nearly 4 months after election day,” Republican Governors Association spokeswoman Maddie Anderson said in a statement. “With spikes in violent crime and skyrocketing inflation at the heart of voters’ concerns this year, the nefarious policies and rhetoric supported by Biden and McAuliffe will be the center of attention during this visit.”
Beyer said he didn’t think the president’s visit to Arlington was early; with the state’s aggressive adoption of advance and postal ballots, voters will vote well before November 2.
“I don’t think it’s too early. I mean, first of all, Glenn Youngkin, spends a lot of money on TV, including the expensive Northern Virginia market, where you get all of the DC subway, ”Beyer said. “So I don’t think it’s too early. And, yeah, the election is, you know, early November, so it’s three months in a few days.