Youngkin rallies supporters in Salem

Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 8:25 PM EDT
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Salem, Va. (WDBJ) - Controversial statements from last week’s Virginia gubernatorial debate continue to fuel a war of words between the candidates.

Republican Glenn Youngkin rallied supporters in Salem Monday afternoon.

He renewed his criticism of Democrat Terry McAuliffe for saying he didn’t think parents should be telling schools what to teach.

“He believes that government, he believes that bureaucrats, he believes that politicians should be standing between parents and children,” Youngkin said during the event at the Salem Farmer’s Market.

The event, billed as a ‘Parents Matter Rally,’ led off with criticism of McAuliffe’s statement.

In an interview earlier in the day, Youngkin said he believes it’s an issue that resonates with a broad cross-section of Virginia voters.

“My opponent does not respect parents. I do,” Youngkin told WDBJ7. “And I’m going to go work for families and teachers to make sure they have a role in their kids’ education.”

Last week, McAuliffe told us his comment was related to legislation he vetoed as Governor, legislation he said would have allowed parents to censor a school’s curriculum.

We were unable to interview McAuliffe Monday, but his campaign released a statement.

“A recent poll of Virginia voters showed parents support Terry over Glenn by nearly double digits because they know Terry is the only candidate who will keep their kids safe in schools and has a plan to invest in their education,” said McAuliffe spokesperson Renzo Olivari. “If anti-vaccine advocate Glenn Youngkin had his way, our schools would be closing, children would be sick and quarantined, and our economy would be in the ditch. Terry McAuliffe is the only candidate with a real plan to end this pandemic, keep kids safe, and give every Virginia child a world-class education”

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