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Jill Biden campaigns for Terry McAuliffe in Henrico

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 5:52 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2021 at 11:27 PM EDT
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HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - Friday, the First Lady of the United States stopped in Henrico to support gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.

“Virginia loves Dr. Jill Biden. Ladies and gentlemen, the First Lady of the United States of America, Dr. Jill Biden,” Terry McAuliffe announced.

Cheers and applause met Biden as she took the stage at Dorey Park.

“I love the energy…” Biden began to say, but before she could get four words out, hecklers begin to steal the show.

“I love the energy of this crowd,” Biden tried to continue but she was forced to stop talking altogether.

“I didn’t expect a little protest. I don’t know what they’re protesting about,” said attendee Thurgood Ampey.

Activists yelled, “keep it in the soil,” protesting pipeline construction. McAuliffe supporters worked to overpower the protesters by chanting, “Terry, Terry, Terry.”

After several minutes, police began to escort the hecklers out one by one.

“I really wanted to hear more on what she had to say, but the disruption kind of put a damper on it,” attendee Eva Ampey said.

The First Lady eventually finished what she came to do.

“Virginia, you need somebody you can trust, and that’s Terry McAuliffe…Don’t wait. Vote early. Nov. 2 will be here before you know it,” Biden said.

It was an opportunity for the former governor to rally his base to put him back in office.

“We’ve got to create great paying jobs, make healthcare more affordable, invest in education,” he said.

Goals not lost on supporters who came to cheer him on, despite a few voices looking to cause a distraction.

“We have the freedom of speech, but we don’t have the freedom of rude, and people need to understand that. They left the house to be rude,” Thurgood Ampey added.

Next Saturday, former President Barack Obama will campaign with McAuliffe in Richmond. Meanwhile, Republican Glenn Youngkin will campaign with former Governor Bob McDonnell this weekend.

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