Terry McAuliffe downplays remark that Biden is dragging down Democrats’ chances in Virginia gubernatorial race
“It’s not dragging me down,” McAuliffe told CNN’s Dana Bash, referring to the lack of action by Democrats in Washington. “I worry about the people of Virginia.”
“Here’s my message to everybody in Washington: Pass this infrastructure bill. We are desperate in the states,” McAuliffe said. “We need these roads and bridges fixed. … Get in a room, here’s what we need and here’s what it’s going to cost. This should not be so difficult.”
“We are facing a lot of headwinds from Washington, as you know. The President is unpopular today unfortunately here in Virginia, so we got to plow through,” the former governor said then.
McAuliffe on Sunday again called on lawmakers in Washington to pass the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
“We’ve got frustration with Washington. You know, why haven’t we passed this infrastructure bill? It passed the US Senate with 69 votes two months ago. I have been very straight on television. We’re tired of the chitty-chat up in Washington. Get into a room and get this figured out,” McAuliffe said. “You know, they’re paid to get up in Washington, get this done, and the frustration is why isn’t it done by now? 69 votes in the Senate two months ago. Get it done this week. Do your job.”
Asked by Bash if the lack of agreement in Washington was making things hard for his campaign, McAuliffe would not say but expressed confidence that he would win the election.
“You know, hard or not, I mean people understand what I’m doing, my plans, my 20 big plans to take Virginia to the next level, so they’re going to vote for me, but there is frustration all over the country. We just want action,” he said.
CNN’s Eva McKend contributed to this report.