“The McAuliffe campaign’s new ad, ‘Because of You,’ is airing in television markets in Richmond, the Hampton Roads region and D.C.”
“McAuliffe’s ad closes with a radio interview with Youngkin from May, in which the Republican says: ‘President Trump represents so much of why I’m running.’”
The Washington Post: McAuliffe Releases His First General-Election TV Ad in Virginia Governor’s Race
By Teo Armus, 7/22/21
Glenn Youngkin, the wealthy GOP nominee for Virginia governor, no longer has the state’s airwaves to himself.
Weeks after his campaign bankrolled an early-bird television pitch totaling millions in ad buys on radio and television, his Democratic rival, former governor Terry McAuliffe, countered with the first TV spot of his general election campaign.
The 30-second ad, which begins airing Thursday, highlights McAuliffe’s efforts to boost the state’s economy and seeks to tie Youngkin to former president Donald Trump.
“When I was governor last time, I worked with reasonable Republicans to get things done,” McAuliffe says in the ad. “But let me be clear, Glenn Youngkin is not a reasonable Republican. He is a loyalist to Donald Trump.”
But according to those filings, McAuliffe has $9 million on hand to spend — and he now appears to be using it. The McAuliffe campaign’s new ad, “Because of You,” is airing in television markets in Richmond, the Hampton Roads region and D.C.
With clips from previous campaign appearances, it seeks to push the message that McAuliffe, who served as Virginia governor from 2014 to 2018, worked across the aisle to create jobs and invest billions in infrastructure and education following the Great Recession.
On the campaign trail, McAuliffe has often spoken about reducing unemployment and creating 200,000 jobs during his term in office. He has said he’s seeking a new term to further boost economic progress in Virginia, countering Youngkin’s claims that the state’s economy is “in the ditch.”
And in a race that some are interpreting as a political referendum for the post-Trump era — Virginia is one of only two states electing a new governor this year — McAuliffe has not been shy about linking his general election opponent with the former president.
McAuliffe’s ad closes with a radio interview with Youngkin from May, in which the Republican says: “President Trump represents so much of why I’m running.”
“Well you know what folks,” McAuliffe counters in a voice-over, “I’m running because of you.”