Political outsider, successful business leader, and Republican nominee for governor Glenn Youngkin released the following statement regarding Terry McAuliffe’s refusal to debate at Hampton University, an HBCU, this month.

“Terry McAuliffe wants to act tough about debating, but he won’t agree to a townhall-style debate this month at one of Virginia’s great historically Black universities,” said Youngkin. “Come on Terry, let’s have the first debate at Hampton University and take questions from the great students who are the future of Virginia. Hampton University and Liberty University have done a fabulous job hosting this townhall-style debate in the past. It’s time for McAuliffe to stop talking out of both sides of his mouth and agree to do this debate.”

The debates Youngkin has committed to are:  

  • Hampton University and Liberty University in late August
  • The Appalachian School of Law in Grundy on September 16
  • The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, NBC4/Telemundo 44 and the Schar School of Public Policy and Government at George Mason

Unlike McAuliffe, Youngkin committed in March to the debate at the Appalachian School of Law.


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