Biden admits McAuliffe 'maybe' could have won if he had gotten his agenda passed
President Biden will deliver remarks LIVE on the authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11
President Biden on Wednesday admitted that his inability to get his legislative agenda passed in Congress could have contributed to his party’s crushing gubernatorial loss in Virginia on Tuesday.
Taking questions after a briefing about COVID-19 vaccines for children, Biden addressed reasons why he believes Virginia voters decided against Democrat Terry McAuliffe by electing Republican Glenn Youngkin.
Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin arrives to speak at an election night party in Chantilly, Va., early Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
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“People are upset and uncertain about a lot of things, from COVID to school to jobs to a whole range of things, from the cost of a gallon of gasoline,” the president said. “And so if I’m able to pass signed into law my Build Back better initiative, I’m in a position where you’re going to see a lot of those things ameliorated quickly and swiftly. So that has to be done.”
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 03: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the authorization of the Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus on November 03, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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When asked whether McAuliffe would have won in Virginia if his infrastructure bill and Build Back Better bill had passed before Election Day, Biden dodged explicit responsibility but acknowledged it was possible.
“Well, I think we should have and should have passed before Election Day, but I’m not sure that I would be able to have changed the number of very conservative folks who turned out in the red districts who were Trump voters,” Biden said.
“But maybe, maybe,” he added.
U.S. President Joe Biden greets Terry McAuliffe, Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Virginia, during a campaign event in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.
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When a reporter pointed out that Biden had won Virginia by 10 percentage points in 2020, Biden quipped, “I know we did, but I also, I was running against Donald Trump.”
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