McAuliffe het beleid na beleid ingestel, wat daarop gemik is om albei sy progressiewe geloofsbriewe te verbrand en dit aan te voer omdat Virginia nou in demokratiese beheer is, something he did not enjoy during his tenure, he will be able to get more done the second time around.
McAuliffe has said he would require vaccines for students, teachers and health care workers and would support businesses that imposed mandates.
He also believes in the need for affordable health care
, wants to lower prescription drug costs
, end gun violence and move Virginia toward clean energy while promoting green jobs
A staple in Democratic politics
McAuliffe, who served as governor of Virginia from 2014 aan 2018, is al dekades lank 'n belangrike faktor in die demokratiese politiek. Voordat hy sy eie naam op die stembrief plaas, McAuliffe was lank 'n produktiewe Demokratiese fondsinsameling en adviseur, with close ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton. McAuliffe spog dikwels met die grootmaak $ 275 miljoen vir 'n verskeidenheid Clinton-pogings, including both of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns and Hillary Clinton’s first Senate campaign.
He later was chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 aan 2005, before serving as chair of Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidensiële bod.
Die voormalige goewerneur s'n 2021 bod sal sy derde vir goewerneur wees. McAuliffe het 'n mislukte bod aangebring 2009, verloor die Demokratiese voorverkiesing aan senaat Sen. Creigh Dade (who went on to lose to Republican Bob McDonnell). Vier jaar later, McAuliffe hardloop onbestrede in die Demokratiese voorverkiesing.
Hy het hom gedurende die vier jaar in sy amp daarop toegespits om sake na Virginia te bring, dikwels die ekonomiese sukses wat hy gedurende sy ampstermyn gehad het, te kenne gegee, such as bringing 200,000 new jobs to Virginia, hy sê. He often sparred with the state’s Republican-controlled legislature, 'n rekordgetal rekeninge te veto. He ended his time in office by restoring voting rights for thousands of formerly convicted felons in Virginia. En McAuliffe, who was governor when Donald Trump was elected to the presidency in 2016, een van baie Demokratiese goewerneurs geword wat hom daarteen gewerk het om baie van Trump se regering teë te gaan.
Following his time as governor, he was also previously a CNN commentator.
McAuliffe, nadat hy self 'n presidentsverkiesing oorweeg het, onderskryf Joe Biden tydens die 2020 Democratic primary and was considered for a Cabinet post in the Biden administration. In 2020, Biden referred to McAuliffe as the “once and future governor of Virginia.”
Since taking office, Biden has stumped for McAuliffe and in June told Virginians they had to make him their state’s governor again.
“You got to elect him again, and I mean this, not just for Virginia, for the country. The country is looking, these off-year elections, the country’s looking. This is a big deal,” Biden said at the time.
He has beaten the odds before
Sedert die 1970's, the winner of Virginia’s gubernatorial election came from the party opposite the one that had won the White House — the one exception was when McAuliffe was elected in 2013, a year after Barack Obama had won his second term, a fact the former governor has often used on the campaign trail.
Despite a number of primary challengers eager to knock down the old guard, the former governor entered the Democratic primary race as the clear front-runner, boasting strong fundraising numbers, a long list of endorsements and near-total name recognition that he carried through to clinch the primary election.
From the start of his campaign, McAuliffe focused his attention on Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee for governor.
McAuliffe and Youngkin have sparred over a number of issues including Covid-19 vaccine mandates
, parental rights and schools
While McAuliffe would require vaccines for students, teachers and health care workers and would support businesses that imposed mandates; Youngkin says he encourages everyone to be vaccinated but opposes mandates.
When it comes to schools, McAuliffe in the second and final gubernatorial debate last month said, “Ek dink nie ouers moet vir skole sê wat hulle moet leer nie.”
The comment quickly became part of an attack ad from Youngkin, whose campaign hopes it will serve as a rallying cry that could harness the recent Republican focus on education issues, ranging from what should be taught in public schools to issues around transgender students.