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With Virginia’s biennial budget signed and the state’s congressional primaries in the rearview mirror, GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin is ready to hit the campaign trail to help fellow Republicans.
“I’m going to help our great candidates,” Youngkin said in an interview with Fox News the day after Republicans settled nomination battles in a handful of competitive congressional districts in Virginia, which the GOP hopes to push through. from blue to red in the November midterm elections. , as part of the party’s efforts to regain a majority in the House.
“I said from the start that the road to majority in Washington is through Virginia,” Youngkin pointed out. “And I can’t wait to go to work.
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Youngkin energized Republicans nationwide last November, as the top nominee from the party’s business wing edged former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to become the first GOP nominee in a dozen years to win a gubernatorial election in the former swing state that had leaned toward Democrats for the past decade.
The governor spoke to Fox News Digital the day after signing Virginia’s two-year budget, which included a massive tax cut as well as increased spending for schools and law enforcement.
“We got a lot of what we wanted,” he said.
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But Youngkin added that “this $4 billion in tax cuts goes a long way, but I want five, and I’ll come back and work on the other billion as soon as we resume session in January. I believe we we have to do more. And I think part of the opportunity ahead is to generate a much clearer understanding that Virginia is overtaxing people.
While the GOP took control of the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general as well as the lower house of the Virginia legislature in last year’s election, Democrats retained a majority in the Senate of the state.
“I’m frustrated with Senate Democrats in Virginia,” Youngkin said. And he charged “they keep getting in the way of common sense things like a three month vacation and our gas tax. And beyond me, why won’t Senate Democrats support this…I believe that ‘They’re frustrated that we’ve accomplished so much in such a short time, and they continue to put their political interests ahead of those of Virginians.’
As Youngkin returns to campaign mode to help his fellow Republicans, his travel itinerary will also take him far from Virginia. He is heading to Nebraska early next month to deliver the keynote address at the Nebraska Republican Party state convention and to campaign on behalf of GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen.
“I absolutely believe that Republican governors outperform Democratic governors so much for Americans. And what we’re seeing in all 50 states in the US is that states with Republican governors are growing faster. We have safer communities. We have better schools. I mean, that’s what Republican governors have delivered,” Youngkin explained.
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“So I’m going to go to work to help Republican governors get elected. I’ve so appreciated the support I’ve received over the past year, and I’m thrilled to be able to help,” he said. governor. “I will be traveling to a number of these states to help Republican governors get elected.”
Youngkin also praised the Republican Governors Association, which works to elect and re-elect GOP governors. “I will tell you from the perspective of a first term and a first candidate, the RGA are incredibly valuable. They have helped me in all aspects of our campaign…. I will help the RGA in all aspects so we can have Republican governors elected across the country.”
When asked if he would be looking to take on a leadership role with the RGA in the coming years, the governor quickly replied “absolutely”.
Following his election last November, there was instant buzz regarding Youngkin as a possible candidate for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. And his upcoming campaign trips outside of Virginia will only increase speculation. Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — the first four states to hold contests in the upcoming Republican presidential nominating calendar — are all holding gubernatorial elections this year.
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Youngkin said “the short answer is maybe” when asked if he would travel to any of those states to campaign for his fellow Republicans.
But the governor once again hijacked any conversation about a presidential race, telling Fox News for the second time this week that “I’m always humbled when people ask me about 2024. But my intent is very much on Virginia. , a lot about the 2022 election, and doing whatever I can to help.”
Fox News’ Andrew Murray contributed to this report
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