Talk about a hot mess… Democrat Terry McAuliffe is running to be governor of Virginia (again) and he had a golden opportunity to set the record straight on a number of issues. Instead, he got his dander up and decided to storm out of an interview rather than answer some tough questions.
On the way out, he scolded the local reporter, telling him that he “should have asked better questions,” questions about things “…your viewers care about.”
Translation: You should have me questions that make me look good…
Right off the bat, reporter Nick Minock asked McAuliffe about his unbelievable statement that parents shouldn’t have a say in what their children are taught. Of course, McAuliffe danced around it and tried to have it both ways.
“Terry McAuliffe. Thank you for sitting down with us. The last time we had an opportunity to speak with you was at your final debate with your Republican opponent. I want to go back to something that you said in that debate. You said this, you said “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what to teach.” Are you saying parents should not have a voice in their kids’ education?”
“Sure, parents should have a voice,” McAuliffe said. “Parents do have a voice. I mean I’m a parent of five children in Fairfax County. Dorothy and I have raised five children. The issue is here in Virginia, I mean if you look at my record, I put a billion dollars in education. I got rid of five SOLs [standards of learning]. Why? When I was running for governor all the parents came up to me and said you know there’s too many tests here. Children are learning to memorize; teachers are teaching to the test. But there is a huge difference. I got into this race because of education. We are 50th of 50 states in average teacher pay as it compares to the average pay. That’s disgraceful. I’m going to raise teacher pay above the national average for the first time ever. I promise you I will get all 41,000 at-risk 3- and 4-year old’s pre-k and I will give every child broadband. Because it’s unfair during COVID that 14 percent of our children don’t have broadband. And the real difference on education, let’s be clear. Glenn Youngkin has a Donald Trump Betsey Devos plan. He has said publicly many times he will take money out of public schools and put them into private. The Washington Post just did an editorial and three independent reviews have been done on Glenn’s plan – 43,000 teachers will be cut in Virginia.”
Actually, that’s not what Youngkin’s plan does, but as the Republican said during his interview, if McAuliffe “doesn’t like the real fact set he makes one up.”
Each candidate was given 20 minutes to make their case. Youngkin sat for his entire interview, but McAuliffe could only handle 10 minutes before he walked off the set.
After a staffer interrupted the interview for the third time, McAuliffe claimed he had to go and left, but not before berating the reporter.
“Alright, we are over. That’s it. That’s it. Hey I gave you extra time. C’mon man. You should have asked better questions early on. You should have asked questions your viewers care about,” he said.
“Well, we did,” Minock said.
The station observed:
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Here’s the awkward part of McAuliffe’s interview:
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If you can stomach it, here’s the entire interview:
Interviews with both candidates along with the transcripts can be seen here.
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