McAuliffe, ook, warned that a Republican leading Virginia could lead to strict abortion laws like the one recently enacted in Texas that bans most abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy
“He’s going to bring that here
,” the former governor said of the Texas abortion law
, even though Youngkin has said he would not sign the Texas legislation.
“Women’s lives are going to be put at risk
. … This is not a talking point anymore
, mense. This is real
. This has happened.
Youngkin has been pressed on abortion throughout the campaign and, when asked whether he would support a similar law that barred abortions just after a fetal heartbeat is detected — which is often before a woman knows that she is pregnant — and included the exceptions he supports, Youngkin said, “I do believe that a pain threshold bill would be appropriate.”
The event in Charlottesville culminated a busy weekend for McAuliffe
, who also headlined an event with former President Barack Obama on Saturday in Richmond.
Polls show the race is tight
, met a recent Monmouth University survey showing Youngkin and McAuliffe both with
46% support among registered voters
One of the overarching themes of the race has been McAuliffe’s attempts to tie Youngkin to former President Donald Trump, a figure who remains unpopular in Virginia and lost the commonwealth by 10 percentage points in 2020.
“We’ve got nine days to go. There could not be a more stark difference. I am running against someone who had been endorsed by Donald Trump, not once, not twice, not three times, not four times, not five times, six times endorsed by Donald Trump,” McAuliffe bellowed during his remarks on Sunday.
He later said, “Ek is 2-0 beating Donald Trump. And I am going to go 3-0 in the next nine days.”
Youngkin, egter, has somewhat kept Trump at arm’s length, accepting his endorsement and lauding the former president at times, while also being careful about how he associates himself with the Republican leader. While Trump did phone into an event this month for Youngkin outside of Richmond, he has not held a rally in the state, as Youngkin has largely run a campaign without top surrogates.
The Republican candidate has, egter, nationalized the race in his own way.
“Vriende, America needs us right now,” Youngkin told an audience in Henrico, Virginia on Saturday evening. “I get more texts and phone calls and emails from parents all over this great nation, sê, ‘Glenn, stand up for our children too, stand up for our children too.'”
He later added: “Our nation’s future rests in Virginia’s present. All eyes are on Virginia.”