Defiant Biden Calls to 'Congratulate' Dem Candidate Who Lost against Glenn Youngkin
'I was talking to Terry to congratulate him today'
Joe Biden seemed to refuse to acknowledge his party's defeat in Virginia’s elections by calling to congratulate the loser Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.
When asked about the defeat during a press conference on Wednesday, Biden suggested it would be harder to win moving forward.
Biden said, “we all have an obligation to accept the legitimacy of these elections.”
“I was talking to Terry to congratulate him today,” Biden said.
“He got 600,000 more votes than any Democrat ever has gotten," he continued.
"We brought out every Democrat [inaudible] there was.
"More votes than ever has been cast for a Democratic incumbent.
"I mean, not incumbent — a Democrat running for governor.
"And no governor in Virginia has ever won when he is of the same — where he or she is the same party as the sitting president."
Biden admitted the American people were “upset” about a lot of the things like rising gas prices.
When a reporter reminded Biden he had won the state by 10 points just last year, Biden responded by saying he was "running against Donald Trump.”
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Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the GOP whip said Youngkin is “very deft for somebody who hasn't run a campaign before, in understanding the importance of the Trump voters out there to his coalition."
“It's a good playbook. Hopefully, our candidates can sort of watch and learn.”
"Virginia’s incoming governor focused most of his energy on education in the state and other local issues, a throwback to the Senate GOP’s 2016 'sheriff races' strategy of focusing on local matters and not Trump during their successful defense of their majority that year.
"Still, the former president always loomed large in this year's Virginia gubernatorial race, as Terry McAuliffe tried to capture the anti-Trump energy that’s animated the Democratic Party for the last five years."