By Chris Saxman
This week’s debate between Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin (right) was more or less like the first one on substance – pretty much the same answers but perhaps a deeper, more clarifying look at those.
I don’t see a lot of votes changing from those who actually watched the debate but there were some notable moments which could be turned into ads that THEN might move the electorate.
This is what campaign consultants fear and desire about debates — there is so much on the line that they are just hoping and praying their candidate makes it out clean but also that the opponent creates an opening to exploit.
I predicted a tie, and on points it was just that. Therefore, given his strong first debate performance, Youngkin held serve by not losing. McAuliffe was much better this time — less agitated and more at ease.
McAuliffe went heavy on trying to tie Youngkin to Donald Trump and got an assist from Todd who asked if Trump was the GOP nominee in 2024 would Youngkin support him. Youngkin humorously counted off the number of times McAuliffe said Trump. That seemed to put an end to it.
Republicans are trying to make a lot of hay from McAuliffe’s line that came about during one of the candidate dust ups on education:
I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.
In fact, the Youngkin campaign already had an ad up and running this morning focusing on that moment. It’s moments like those that can tip an election. While too early to tell if it’s that explosive, Youngkin’s clearly going to find out soon enough. Imagine being a parent who had to teach remotely last year and hearing that line.
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