All Major GOP Candidates For Pennsylvania Senate Seat Sign 'The Youngkin Promise'

By Rachel Morris | Saturday, 14 May 2022 16:45
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All five major Republican candidates in the Pennsylvania Senate primary signed an anti-Critical Race Theory (CRT) pledge. The GOP looks to hold onto a Senate seat in a state former President Donald Trump lost in 2020.

Candidates David McCormick, Kathy Barnette, Mehmet Oz, Jeff Bartos, and Carla Sands tell Fox News Digital they signed the pledge. Created by the group 1776 Action, it’s the same document signed by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin during his 2021 Virginia campaign, which focused heavily on schools and CRT issues.

Many Republicans lauded Youngkin as laying out a blueprint for GOP victory in 2022, especially in states that went for President Biden in 2020. The candidates’ approval of the pledge could signify that Republicans will commence a similar campaign during the Pennsylvania Senate general election, which starts a week after the state’s May 17 primary.

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“I believe our children should learn the exceptionalism of America,” McCormick told Fox News. “I am proud to take the 1776 pledge and commit to restoring honest, patriotic education in our schools that brings us together rather than tears us apart. I will stand up to the liberal wokeness infiltrating all aspects of our society.”

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“The overwhelming majority of parents… send their babies to school because they believe they will learn reading, writing, arithmetic, throw in some science, social studies and then the teachers will send their babies back to them,” Barnette said. “But in addition… they’re also teaching their children to believe that they are evil because of their skin color.”

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"Parents feel unnerved," Barnette added.

The 1776 Action Pledge says the founders should be celebrated, children should not view each other according to race, and civics education shouldn’t “coerce” students to support “contemporary policy positions.”

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It also says it’s “immoral and deeply harmful to our society” to educate children to hate the United States.

Democrats claimed last year that the GOP emphasis on Critical Race Theory by Youngkin and others was nothing more than race-baiting. But Republicans continue to say it’s a threat to both schools and U.S. politics more broadly.

“When Dr. Oz is elected to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate, he will work to ensure education policy returns to the state and local levels where parents’ voices and choices have the greatest impact,” Doctor Oz for Senate communications director Brittany Yanick told Fox News Digital.

” [H]e will continue to stand up against the far-Left activists who persist in pushing for Critical Race Theory and transgender politics in our classrooms,” Yanick added. “These woke ideologies are harmful to the development of our children, and there is absolutely no place for them in our schools.”

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