McAuliffe says Biden will campaign with him ahead of Virginia governor's election

McAuliffe says Biden will campaign with him ahead of Virginia governor's election
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Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffeFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season BBB threatens the role of parents in raising — and educating — children Virginia's urgent lesson: Democrats' down-ballot enthusiasm gap MORE said Tuesday that President BidenJoe BidenSouth Africa health minister calls travel bans over new COVID variant 'unjustified' Biden attends tree lighting ceremony after day out in Nantucket Senior US diplomat visiting Southeast Asia to 'reaffirm' relations MORE will return to the campaign trail with him ahead of Election Day in the commonwealth next month. 

"He'll be coming back. You bet he will," the former governor said at an education roundtable in Alexandria on Tuesday. 

No immediate details regarding a trip from the president were given. 


Asked Tuesday whether Biden had been asked to campaign again for McAuliffe, White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiRussian military buildup puts Washington on edge White House looks to rein in gas prices ahead of busy travel season Biden: Guilty verdicts in Arbery case 'not enough' MORE declined to offer any details.

“I don’t have any updates on travel. I would expect we would have more to convey soon about his plans to support the election of former governor McAuliffe,” Psaki said during a press briefing.

Biden last hit the campaign trail with McAuliffe last July in Arlington, marking his first major campaign appearance since the 2020 presidential election.

However, Biden's approval ratings in the Old Dominion have since slipped. An Emerson College survey released last week showed Biden with a 45 percent approval rating and a 48 percent disapproval rating. 

McAuliffe referenced Biden's low approval numbers in a video that surfaced last week, warning Democrats to turn out the vote in the state. 

“We got to get Democrats out to vote. We are facing a lot of headwinds from Washington as you know. The president is unpopular today unfortunately here in Virginia. So we have got to plow through," he said. 

The news comes hours after McAuliffe announced on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaStephen Sondheim, legendary Broadway songwriter, dies at 91 With extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE would be campaigning with him later this month in Richmond. First lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden attends tree lighting ceremony after day out in Nantucket Biden meets with Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Biden calls in to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 'America's back' MORE is slated to campaign with McAuliffe on Friday in the Richmond area, while former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will campaign with McAuliffe on Sunday in Richmond and Northern Virginia. 

--Morgan Chalfant contributed to this report. Updated at 3:22 p.m.