(NEXSTAR) – President Biden appeared at a rally for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Friday, taking shots at McAuliffe’s opponent by describing him as a “sweetheart”. by Donald Trump.”
President Biden spoke to a crowd of nearly 3,000 at the Arlington event – many of whom have since been identified – sometimes likening his own victory over Trump to his prediction that McAuliffe would win. before Glenn Youngkin, a turned politician running for office as a Republican. nominee.
“Me and Terry have a lot in common. I was against Donald Trump and so was Terry,” Biden said. “And I beat Donald Trump in Virginia and so did Terry.”
McAuliffe, the former Democratic governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, is considered a moderate Democrat who shares similar political views as Biden. Youngkin has also positioned himself as a more moderate Republican, but has said he is “honored” by Trump’s endorsement.
Since Friday night’s rally in Arlington, polls have shown McAuliffe ahead of Youngkin, though Virginia’s gubernatorial run is seen as competitive, the Associated Press reported.
As his first campaign stop for a particular candidate since becoming president, Biden’s appearance in Virginia and any future influence on the election outcome are considered measure of his political weight.
“You won’t find anyone, I mean anyone, who knows how to do more for Virginia than Terry,” Biden said. “The election is within the year, the country is looking. This is a big broblem.”
Biden also had another swipe with Trump when oil pipeline opponents interrupted his speech.
“That’s okay. Look, this isn’t a Trump rally. Let him scream. No one is paying attention,” he said, eliciting cheers from the audience.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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