In a hotly contested Virginia gubernatorial race, the Democratic incumbent is taking fire for a major gaffe during a debate Tuesday.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe said during the debate that parents should not be able to tell schools what to teach their kids, a particularly hot topic as the state debates what gender and sexuality content is in public schools.
“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” McAuliffe said.
The comments drew major pushback.
“Terry McAuliffe is pro-choice unless the decision belongs to the parents of a school-aged kid,” said Autumn Johnson, an attorney.
Youngkin said parents and local schools should work together to make those decision.
“What we’ve seen over the course of this last 20 months is our school systems refusing to engage with parents. In fact in Fairfax County this past week, we watched parents so upset because there was such sexually explicit material in the library they had never seen, it was shocking,” Youngkin said. “And in fact, you vetoed the bill that would have informed parents that they were there. You believe school systems should tell children what to do. I believe parents should be in charge of their kids’ education.”
Recent poll data on the gubernatorial race in Virginia shows that the Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin has a slight lead. The University of Mary Washington released a poll showing that Republican Glenn Youngkin is ahead of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, 48% to 43%.
“Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin remain locked in a tight contest for governor of Virginia, a University of Mary Washington statewide survey shows,” the University said. “The poll, conducted by Research America Inc. Sept. 7-13, included 1,000 Virginia adults. Of those, 885 were registered voters and 528 were likely voters. Among likely voters, 48 percent favored Youngkin and 43 percent backed McAuliffe. Liberation Party candidate Princess Blanding received the support of 2 percent of likely voters, with others undecided.”
Another poll in Virginia reported that 51% of voters disapprove of Biden’s job performance, something that could hurt down ballot Democrats come election day.