Several hundred Democrats crowded around a stage outside the Democratic campaign office in Sterling on Sunday to rally with former Vice President Joe Biden against “the most corrupt administration in American history.”
“You’ve learned it by now: as Virginia goes, so goes the nation, and the fact is that you have led the way,” Biden told Virginia Democrats.
He was introduced by former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe.
“Guess who has not come to Virginia, even though the White House is only 1.4 miles from Virginia?” McAuliffe said. “Donald Trump doesn’t dare step foot here in Virginia. He may golf here, but he doesn’t come here for votes,” referencing Trump National Golf Course in Loudoun.
McAuliffe, who has supported Biden’s bid in the Democratic presidential primary, said “it was Barack Obama and Joe Biden who were here for us in Virginia every step of the way” during his governorship.
“You led the way in 2018,” Biden told Virginia Democrats. “You elected some really fine Congressmen to this United States Congress, and by the way—there’s a reason why Trump doesn’t want to cross the river, he knows you’ll make him pay taxes.”
And he and other Democrats hit Republican lawmakers on guns, referring to a special session of the General Assembly over the summer when Republican lawmakers gaveled adjourned without discussing any of the gun safety legislation bills put forward by Democrats.
“In two hours, they walk out,” Biden said. “At the same time, we’re sending our kids to school, sending our little kids to school, and what are they doing? Having to do active shooter drills. My God, what’s the matter with this country? My God, what are we doing? That’s part of why we’re losing the soul of this country. We have to get it back.”
With all 140 General Assembly seats on the Nov. 5 ballot, Democrats are pushing to win majorities in the House and Senate for the first time since 1995.
The rally also featured Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), who is seeking reelection; Del. John J. Bell (D-87), who is running for state Senate; House of Delegates minority leader Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41); and state Senate caucus leader Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-25), along with other Democratic elected officials.
Polls open tomorrow, Tuesday Nov. 5, at 6 a.m.