McAuliffe: Leaders of both parties need to 'get their act together'

 McAuliffe: Leaders of both parties need to 'get their act together'
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Democratic Virginia gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe said in a new interview that the leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties in Washington, D.C., need to “get their act together.”

McAuliffe in his remarks to The Associated Press took particular aim at Democrats, including President BidenJoe BidenManchin lays down demands for child tax credit: report Abrams targets Black churchgoers during campaign stops for McAuliffe in Virginia Pentagon, State Department square off on Afghanistan accountability MORE, who have failed to deliver on party priorities.

“They all got to get their act together and vote,” McAuliffe said.

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McAuliffe also called on Senate Democrats to get rid of the filibuster and push through voting rights and the infrastructure package.

“Whatever it takes to get it done,” McAuliffe said. 

“They got to get their work done. People are counting on them. Do your job. I don’t care what you call it or what mechanism you use,” he said. “I’m for doing whatever the Senate has to do to pass meaningful legislation that will move this country forward.”

The infrastructure package has been held up by more moderate Democrats such as Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinManchin lays down demands for child tax credit: report Democrats want to bolster working women, but face tortuous choices Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock MORE (W.Va.) and Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaManchin lays down demands for child tax credit: report Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock Virginia race looms as dark cloud over Biden's agenda  MORE (Ariz.).

Democratic leadership has set a new deadline to get both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the party's massive spending package passed by the end of October.

McAuliffe is in a close race with Republican Glenn Youngkin, with a new CBS News/YouGov poll showing McAuliffe leading Youngkin 50 percent to 47 percent. However, those results were within the survey's margin of error of 4.1 percentage points. 

President Biden and former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAbrams targets Black churchgoers during campaign stops for McAuliffe in Virginia Virginia race looms as dark cloud over Biden's agenda  The root of Joe Biden's troubles MORE will campaign for McAuliffe this month ahead of next month's election. 

The Virginia governor's race is seen as a test of Democrats’ strength before the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential election.

“I tell Democrats: Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE is desperate for a win here,” McAuliffe told the AP. “If Glenn Youngkin wins, it’s a win for Donald Trump, and you’re going to begin his political comeback.”