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President Trump, current and former VPs voice support in race for Va. governor

The president tweeted about southwest Va. while Pence, Biden visit commonwealth

Vice President Mike Pence with Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie. The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP
Vice President Mike Pence with Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie. The Bristol Herald-Courier via AP (Associated Press)


ABINGDON and RESTON, Va. – President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and former Vice President Joe Biden all weighed in on Virginia’s race for governor Saturday.

The president tweeted Saturday about the race, saying, "The Democrats in the Southwest part of Virginia have been abandoned by their Party. Republican Ed Gillespie will never let you down!"

The two vice presidents were in the commonwealth Saturday. Pence made a stop in rural southwest Virginia, speaking in Abingdon in support of Republican candidate Ed Gillespie. Biden was north in Reston, a half-hour drive from D.C., campaigning for Democrat Ralph Northam.

Biden spent his time in northern Virginia at a roundtable discussion of workforce development, praising Northam.

"The thing that I've admired about Ralph - and you can feel it, you can taste it - is the authenticity,” Biden said.

The AP reported that Biden called Northam’s economic plan “first rate.”

Vice President Pence spoke in support of Gillespie at the Washington County Fairgrounds Saturday. He praised Gillespie’s leadership qualities.

"He's a leader who's fighting every day for a brighter future for all Virginians,” Pence said. “He's fighting to grow the economy and cut income taxes across the board.”

Virginia’s race is one of two in the country to decide a new governor. Public polls show Northam is either tied with Gillespie or slightly ahead.


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