RICHMOND – Former President Barack Obama painted Republican Glenn Youngkin as being out-of-touch with the middle class, urging voters to turn out for Democrat Terry McAuliffe during a Richmond stump speech on Saturday.
“As far as I can tell the big message of Terry’s opponent is that he’s a regular guy because he wears fleece and he’s accusing schools of brainwashing our kids,” Mr. Obama told a crowd of roughly 2,000.
Mr. Obama’s appearance comes just 10 days before Election Day, with early voting already underway in a close gubernatorial race in Virginia.
The former president mocked Mr. Youngkin’s campaign, which touts the candidate’s work experience, ranging from being a dishwasher to the co-CEO of Carlyle Group, a private equity company.
“I’m glad that the guy can play basketball,” Mr. Obama joked. “I’m less convinced that the co-CEO of the largest private equity firm in the world spends his time washing dishes and going grocery shopping, but who knows. Maybe.”
“You do notice that whenever a wealthy person runs for office, they always want to show you what a regular guy they are,” Mr. Obama said.
Mr. Obama’s own net worth is around $70 million, according to International Business Times.
Jaime Harrison, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, touched on Mr. Trump’s absence in Mr. Youngkin’s campaign.
“I’m surprised,” Mr. Harrison told reporters. “He’s endorsed him like six times, so you think he’d be here.”
The president previously stumped for Mr. McAuliffe in July.
Others who joined Mr. McAuliffe’s campaign event on Saturday included Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott and A. Donald McEachin, and Gov. Ralph Northam.
Attorney General Mark Herring, who is running for a third term, and Lt. Gov. candidate Hala Ayala also attended.
The Youngkin campaign held a bus tour nearby Mr. McAuliffe’s event.
The poll, conducted from Oct. 16-19, surveyed 1,005 registered voters and had an error margin of +/-3.1%.
Election Day is Nov. 2.
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