Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe released a new ad on Tuesday attacking his Republican opponent for his abortion comments during the last debate. McAuliffe also announced that former President Barack Obama will be coming to the commonwealth to campaign with him later this month.
In the ad, McAuliffe uses Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin’s comments from the last debate when he said he does not support adding the right to an abortion to the Virginia Constitution.
Chuck Todd: Mr. Youngkin first to you: Do you support a right to an abortion being included in Virginia’s constitution?
Glenn Youngkin: No, I do not.
Narrator: With Donald Trump’s Supreme Court likely to overturn Roe v. Wade and leave states to decide if abortion is legal, Glenn Youngkin has made clear where he stands.
After being secretly filmed saying he cannot campaign in Virginia on abortion, Youngkin has since said on the record that he supports allowing abortions in certain instances like rape and incest. He has also expressed support for a ban on abortions around the 20-week mark in a pregnancy when fetuses are believed to begin feeling pain.
McAuliffe also announced on a Tuesday morning talk show that President Obama will be in Richmond on Oct. 23 to stump for the Democratic nominee. Obama came to Virginia in the late days of 2017 to campaign for the Democratic nominee at the time, Ralph Northam.
Youngkin’s campaign responded to the news of Obama coming to the commonwealth. “Terry McAuliffe is scared because Virginians are roundly rejecting 40-year politician Terry McAuliffe’s plans,” said Macaulay Porter, a spokesperson for Youngkin’s campaign. “His response is to bring in more politicians to help draw a crowd larger than twelve people.”
Polls are showing a race within the margin of error with only 21 days until election day.
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