Pipeline protesters interrupt Jill Biden’s speech at McAuliffe campaign rally

Virginia Elections

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HENRICO, Va. (WRIC) — Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin – the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor, respectively – both brought out big names on October 15 to rally their supporters ahead of the Nov. 2 election.

It’s just another sign of an election that’s ramping up, with a recent Nexstar/Emerson College poll showing that the two are virtually tied. That’s a big shift from early in the race, when McAuliffe held a steady 5 percent lead over Youngkin.

At McAuliffe’s rally, one of the marquee speakers was Dr. Jill Biden, who was featured prominently in campaign materials surrounding the event.

But her speech was briefly interrupted by protesters carrying banners reading “Reject pipelines protect the future.”

A statement posted by the group “Resist Line 3” on twitter after the event indicated that the Biden administration – not McAuliffe’s campaign – was the target of the protest.

McAuliffe has faced his own criticism over pipelines in Virginia. Although McAuliffe has made green energy a key part of his platform, his involvement in promoting the Mountain Valley Pipeline sparked protests during his first term as governor – and those protests have continued in the intervening years as the project slowly advances.

Ultimately, the disruption lasted only a few minutes, as police escorted the protesters from the rally.

“You gotta love democracy!” Dr. Biden quipped, before continuing with her prepared remarks.

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