Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, of Virginia, is blaming congressional Democrats for Terry McAuliffe’s defeat in his state’s governor’s race.
McAuliffe was seen as a favorite to win the closely-watched election. But Republican Glenn Youngkin came on top Tuesday night.
Kaine believes Democrats’ quarreling over Biden’s economic agenda is to blame for McAuliffe’s election loss.
“Look, congressional Dems hurt Terry McAuliffe. Our inability to come together and get a result hurt him,” Kaine said, according to CNN, adding that McAuliffe was a “solid candidate.”
“I think it was on the shoulders of Democrats here who have the majority. People had a lot of hope for Joe Biden and the Joe Biden agenda, but Democrats didn’t want to give Biden a win,” he said CNN reported.
“It’s on progressives who wanted to be too purist, it’s on moderates who wanted to be too purist, on the House who wanted it their way and the Senate who wanted it their way,” he said. “You got to be able to make a deal and deliver results … They want more results and we got to deliver because we are the majority and they expect us to deliver.”
The disappointing loss in Virginia and the close results in New Jersey is a wake-up call for Democrats who “now have a tough narrative that we have to face.”
“Democrats control both houses and they have to act like it,” he added. “Have to be disciplined, have to get results.”