Watch: Virginia Dem Candidate Avoids Crucial Student Tracking Question

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 15 October 2021 12:00

Democratic Virginia gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe revealed plans to "build education," just two weeks after he created a firestorm by insisting parents should have little say in what public schools teach their children.

In a video taken Tuesday by the conservative Virginia Rising research group, McAuliffe was seen leaving an education roundtable discussion in Alexandria and chastising a maskless tracker who questioned his education stance. "Who do you think should be in control of education if not Virginia parents?" the tracker asked McAuliffe to his vehicle.

"Have you been vaccinated yet?" McAuliffe shot back. "That’s the question I want to know. You should have a mask on. … You’re dangerous here."

"I’ll build education," he later stated before getting into the passenger side of the vehicle. "That’s why Fox News has me leading. Glenn Youngkin destroyed Virginia’s education system."

Virginia Rising Action also recorded a portion of the roundtable event at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in Alexandria, where most, if not all, of the attendees donned masks except for McAuliffe. A photo tweeted by McAuliffe himself showed him without a mask and flanked by his wife Dorothy McAuliffe and George Mason University faculty member Anne Holton, who were both wearing masks.

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"Forty-year career politician Terry McAuliffe thinks the law applies to everyone but him," Youngkin campaign spokesman Christian Martinez told Fox News. "McAuliffe was caught violating federal law on Amtrak without a mask, and then violating Virginia Tech’s indoor mask requirement. McAuliffe would rather play politics than take the pandemic seriously, which is why Virginians will reject McAuliffe’s plan to make life difficult for anyone who does not comply with his dictatorial mandates."

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During Tuesday's roundtable, McAuliffe reportedly claimed President Biden would be joining him again on the campaign trail, despite expressing in recent days that the president is "unpopular" in Virginia and that Virginians are "frustrated" with the president and Democrats in Congress.

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McAuliffe, who served as governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, sparked the ire of conservatives last month after declaring he didn’t want parents dictating what schools teach their children.

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"I'm not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision," the former governor said during a debate against his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin. "I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach."

Youngkin has seized on the comments, launching a "Parents Matter" initiative rallying parents across the state.

McAuliffe told WTKR this week that parents will be "very involved" in his education plans for Virginia.

"Parents are very involved. We've got school boards. We've got the state board. We've got a great curriculum here in Virginia," he said.

McAuliffe’s campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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