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Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe cut an interview short on Tuesday with a local news station after the interviewer asked McAuliffe questions that he apparently did not want to answer.
“So, if you watch those entire interviews on our website, we do want to point out that the Terry McAuliffe interview is shorter than our interview with Glenn Youngkin,” a local news anchor with 7News said. “That was not by our doing. [Reporter Nick Minock] offered both candidates 20 minutes exactly to be fair for the interviews.”
“McAuliffe abruptly ended 7News’ interview after just 10 minutes and told Nick that he should have asked better questions, and that Nick should have asked questions 7News viewers care about,” the anchor added. “That’s what he said.”
McAuliffe also tried to indicate he gave Minock ‘extra time’ as he cut off the interview. But the Democratic gubernatorial candidate ended the interview over nine minutes before the full 20 minutes his opponent Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin agreed to.
Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe ends an interview early, then attacks the reporter for asking tough questions.
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Here was the lead up to the interview being ended, according to a transcript provided by 7News:
Nick Minock: “Would you require kids in schools to get vaccinated? Whether that’s for attending school in person or participating in school sports?”
Terry McAuliffe: “Yea. If the CDC says these are safe. Then you bet. We need to do everything we can to end it. And there’s a real difference in this race. He is an anti vaxxer. As I say I worry about a variant coming along that could become vaccine resistant if we don’t stop it as fast as we can. I can’t keep schools open. We just saw a school close in Prince William yesterday. 200 hundred children in quarantine. 32 children I think it was have COVID now. We have to be smart and follow the science. And if we do that we will keep our schools open. I’m worried about women in the workforce. 5.4 million have lost their job. We need to do a better job. We have to keep our schools open, we have to do better on childcare. I mean a woman working today in healthcare today makes $7.25 an hour – home healthcare worker. She has to work 48 weeks just to pay for childcare for one child. These are the issues I’m into. I want to raise the minimum wage. I want paid sick days. I want family medical leave. Glenn Youngkin is against every one of those. He is a Donald trump right wing agenda. He will ban abortions. Your viewers should be very clear on this. He wants to ban abortions here in Virginia. He says election integrity is the number one issue. No, it isn’t. Healthcare, COVID, education, job creation.”
McAuliffe Staffer: “Alright Nick we are already over time.”
Terry McAuliffe: “Alright, we are over. That’s it. That’s it. Hey I gave you extra time. C’mon man. You should have asked better questions early on. You should have asked questions your viewers care about.”
Nick Minock: “Well, we did.”
This report has been updated to include additional information.