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CNN reporter attempts to clean up McAuliffe's education comments: It has 'spun out of control'

CNN reporter attempts to clean up McAuliffe's education comments: It has 'spun out of control'


A CNN reporter tried to clean up Terry McAuliffe’s remarks on education less than a week before the Virginia gubernatorial elections. 

Eva McKend, a CNN reporter, appeared on Tuesday’s “CNN Newsroom”, to talk about the race. According to polling, it has turned into a dead heat between McAuliffe, and Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin. 

CNN anchor Victor Blackwell asked McKend specifically on Youngkin’s focus on education as a major issue in his campaign. She acknowledged that education has become a focal point of the election but claimed that Youngkin’s attacks on McAuliffe are based on a comment of his that has “spun out of control.”


Glenn Youngkin’s closing argument is that parents have a right to participate in the education of their children in Virginia. His opponent Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic nominee, doesn’t agree. This is incorrect. McKend explained that McAuliffe’s comment at September’s debate was “sort of out of control”.

McAuliffe expressed concern that parents shouldn’t be able to instruct schools on how to educate their children in September during a debate. McAuliffe received a lot of criticism from Virginia parents. They also raised concerns about the schools’ use of critical-race theory curriculum.

The CNN Headquarters is pictured in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

“Here’s what McAuliffe actually said, he said he was not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision and that he didn’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach. McKend stated, “He has claimed he is running Youngkin’s Virginia focus campaign but has seized on to the implications for this issue at large.”

Biden also claimed the education problem came down to Youngkin trying to ban books in school libraries during a McAuliffe campaign event on Tuesday.

Biden stated, “Just see how he’s ending his campaign.” “He has gone from banning a woman’s freedom to choose to ban books by Pulitzer Prize- and Nobel Prize-winning Toni Morrison.”

Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe dances onstage next to his wife Dorothy, U.S. President Joe Biden, and Democratic Virginia Lt. Gov. candidate Hala Ayala at a rally in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

CNN host Chris Cuomo also accused Youngkin of wanting to ban books rather than arguing for parents’ rights to be involved their children’s education.

This is absurd, but you can’t dismiss it. What is this, like ‘Fahrenheit 451?’ No. Cuomo stated that this is modern-day messaging and may prove to be effective.


Recent USA Today/Suffolk University data shows McAuliffe & Youngkin tied in statistical terms.

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