Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin is skipping one of the debates in his race against Democrat Terry McAuliffe, citing a moderator’s past donation to a charity associated with former President Bill Clinton and that debate organizers wouldn’t offer assurances that the economy would be a topic.
The debate, hosted by the Virginia Bar Association (VBA), was scheduled for July 24 and would have been the first debate of the campaign.
“Unfortunately, the VBA refused to dedicate a portion of the debate to a discussion on Virginia’s economy and jobs, which proved to be an insurmountable barrier in our negotiations,” Youngkin spokesperson Macaulay Porter said Monday afternoon. “It would also be a conflict of interest to have former Clinton Foundation board member Terry McAuliffe being ‘questioned’ by a Clinton Foundation donor.”
In this May 11, 2021, file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks during an event in Richmond, Va. Youngkin said he will not participate in a debate hosted by the Virgnia Bar Association this month. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE DRAMA CENTERED AROUND MCAULIFFE’S TIES TO CLINTON FOUNDATION
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