• Whitbeck: Northam Wins Race to the Left

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement: 

    “It’s official: Ralph Northam has won the Democrat Party of Virginia’s Race to the Left. But Tom Perriello fans should take heart. Publications from the Economist to Politico have noted, both of these candidates ‘agree on most issues’ and ‘both candidates [have been] lurching for increasingly leftward policies.'”

    “Now Virginia Democrats are left with a slate of candidates that are more representative of Vermont’s values than Virginia’s. As the Democrats attempt the impossible task of trying to heal their badly fractured, far-left party while tacking back to the center, the Republican Party of Virginia looks forward to a unified race to take back Virginia’s Governor’s Mansion and other statewide offices.”

     

  • Chairman Whitbeck: Terry McAuliffe Announces his 2020 Presidential Campaign With Climate Alliance Kickoff

    Add your name below and tell Terry McAuliffe Virginians needs jobs, not lectures — and we don’t want him anywhere near the White House!

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “I’m surprised that Governor McAuliffe has decided to kick off his 2020 campaign for the Democrat Presidential nomination this early. That’s the only real explanation possible for his decision to tie Virginia to policies that will destroy Virginia jobs and put us at a competitive disadvantage compared to other states.”

    “President Trump made it clear that he was far more concerned about jobs in Pittsburgh than the opinion of bureaucrats in Paris, and for good reason. The Paris Accords put the U.S. at a competitive and financial disadvantage for what is at best negligible gain. Fully enacted, and with all goals met, the accords would reduce global temperatures by 0.2 degrees.”

    “Governor McAuliffe had a clear opportunity to show Virginians where he stands – for affordable energy, more jobs, and stronger economic growth, or for currying favor with Democrat primary voters. This was a test, and Governor McAuliffe has failed.”

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  • Whitbeck: Withdrawal from Paris Accord Puts America and American Jobs First

    — Terry McAuliffe’s Cap and Trade scheme is job-killing liberal virtue signalling —

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “President Trump’s executive decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord is in the best interest of our taxpayers and delivers on his promise to put America first. Today’s action ends the lingering threat to 140,000 energy jobs in the Commonwealth.”

    “In Virginia, Ralph Northam, Terry McAuliffe, and Tom Perriello have made it clear they intend to take the opposite approach, creating rules and regulations that hobble job creation, kill jobs, and make life more expensive for working families.”

    “Virginians want jobs not lectures; especially from politicians who put the interests of left wing billionaires ahead of the concerns of working Virginians. To date not one Democrat has been able to say just how much any of these schemes would help the problem they’re supposed to fix. President Obama’s Clean Power Plan would have reduced sea level rise by 0.2 mm. We have yet to see a number from Terry McAuliffe.”

    “The negative repercussions of the Paris Climate Accord would wreak havoc on our economy to the tune of $3 trillion and cause to our nation to lose upwards of 3.1 million manufacturing jobs. Virginians cannot afford to bear the burden of a bad deal that only hurts hardworking people across our country. President Trump remains committed to job growth, reinvigorating our economy, and maintaining our status as a leader on the world stage.”

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  • RPV Statement on Wannabe Presidential Candidate Terry McAuliffe’s Fake Pardon

    The Republican Party of Virginia issued the following statement:

    “The individual who received the pardon, committed a crime when she was caught entering this country illegally over a decade ago and decided to stay. She then broke the law by driving a vehicle without a license. Why should this illegal immigrant get to stay in this country when hundreds of thousands of potential immigrants wait in line legally? We know that Governor McAuliffe, as well as every statewide Democrat Party candidate this year, believes that illegal immigrants should qualify for public benefits like driver’s licenses and not face any consequences for their crimes. We fundamentally disagree, the Republican Party of Virginia believes in the rule of law and that the concerns of the citizens of Virginia should come first, not those of illegal immigrants.

    We know that Terry McAuliffe is auditioning to run for the Democrat nomination for president in 2020 and is trying to check every box with out-of-state liberal interest groups. The least he could do is pretend that he cares about the citizens of Virginia instead of pandering to the illegal immigration lobby.”

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  • BREAKING: Obamacare Costs Up 77 Percent in Virginia Since 2013

    The news isn’t good. A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that health insurance costs have gone up 77 percent in just three years.

    Insurance companies are fleeing Obamacare exchanges around the country, and the $2,500 savings promised by President Obama remain nowhere to be seen.

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Healthcare premiums in the last four years have gone through the roof under Obamacare. Yet stubborn Democrats continue to stand by the failed legislation. How can Virginia Democrats such as Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Terry McAuliffe, Tom Perriello, and Ralph Northam support a system that has driven premium costs up for our families by 77 percent in just 3 years?”

    “It’s time for Democrats to do what’s best for the American people, not for their party bosses. They must acknowledge that Obamacare is a failure, work with President Trump and Congressional Republicans to fix our healthcare system and replace the disastrous Obamacare once and for all.”

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  • Chairman Whitbeck: President’s Budget a Critical Step in the Right Direction

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “President Trump’s budget is yet another promise kept and a critical step in the right direction toward fixing our nation’s long term spending problems. Unlike budgets from President Obama, this document puts the budget on a path to balance in just 10 years.”

    “The budget also reflects the President’s commitment to national security. It begins the process of rebuilding our military and securing our border. It also keep our promise to end taxpayer funding for abortions by defunding Planned Parenthood, and puts our nation back on a path to prosperity. It is clear that this budget proposal will put taxpayers first.”

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  • RPV Statement on Washington Post Poll

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Today’s Washington Post poll is so far off base it falls squarely into the category of fake news. Polling in the Commonwealth is notoriously bad, but this Post poll stands out for its level of inaccuracy. The Post’s survey shows a dubious 10-point advantage for Democrats over Republicans in terms of party ID.”

    “Such a shift would be historic and likely unprecedented. In 2013, Democrats had a 5-point party ID advantage in Terry McAuliffe’s narrow win, while in 2009, Republicans held a 4-point advantage in Bob McDonnell’s landslide victory. These results simply don’t reflect the reality of what a Virginia gubernatorial electorate will look like.”

    “If this same electorate had turned out to vote in November 2016, admittedly a far more Democratic-leaning electorate than an off-year contest for governor, Clinton would have won 49-to-39, double her real margin in the Commonwealth. If this poll isn’t the product of liberal bias, it’s the product of incompetence. Neither is acceptable.”

    “Anyone who has any experience with a Virginia off-year election knows such an electorate is a Democrat fever dream, not reality. Newspaper circulations are shrinking for a reason – and terrible polls like this just add more fuel to the fire.”

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  • Whitbeck: Here’s What You Won’t Hear from Democrats Tonight

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Virginians already know what they’re going to see at tonight’s Democrat debate: A race to the left to raise their taxes, restrict their Second Amendment rights, and drive up their utility bills with more regulations. But what’s even more important is what they won’t see tonight:  Ralph Northam finally answering questions about where he stands on new natural gas pipelines, or any details of his grocery tax plan.

    “They won’t see Tom Perriello acknowledge that Obamacare has actually harmed many Virginians, or explain why he thinks he knows more about small business that small business owners. Answering any of these questions would make it clear what Virginia voters already know: Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello are way out of the mainstream, and will be crushed in November.”

  • Whitbeck: McAuliffe Carbon Plan is the ‘Worst Kind of Virtue Signaling’

    – New regulations would impose significant costs for little or no benefit –

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “Governor McAuliffe’s executive order is the worst kind of virtue signaling. President Obama’s now defunct Clean Power Plan would have reduced global temperatures .015 degrees Celsius by 2100, while sticking Virginians with another $5.5 billion in electricity costs – at a minimum. It would also take a number of reliable power plants out of service.”

    “If reducing emissions for the entire country nets a reduction of .015 degrees, how much less would a Virginia-only plan do? Meanwhile, the free market has led to significant year over year reduction in carbon emissions. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to ‘resist’ common sense environmental policy will drive up prices for consumers, cost Virginians jobs, and make it even more difficult to grow our economy.”

  • Whitbeck: Virginia Democrats in All-Out Civil War

    RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:

    “What began as a simple Race to the Left has turned into an all-out Civil War in the Democrat Party of Virginia. Until now, Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello had been content to simply try to come up with a position that was more far-left liberal than their opponent.”

    “Now both they and their proxies have begun attack each other for flip-flops, hypocrisy, and a failure to tow the liberal line. It’s the far left versus the far, far left in the Democrat Party of Virginia.”

    “After tonight, it’s going to take more than a ‘Unity Tour’ to get these two sides back together.”

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