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AARP Virginia invites Youngkin and McAuliffe to face off at The People’s Debate

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RICHMOND _ AARP Virginia has invited the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial nominees to participate in The People’s Debate on October 12, 2021.

AARP Virginia State Director Jim Dau sent invitations to Republican Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe following their respective nomination victories. The People’s Debate, which has been sponsored by AARP Virginia for gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races for 15 years, will be televised and distributed across the Commonwealth.

“AARP Virginia has worked for decades to make sure voters have the information they need on issues important to them to make their own choices when casting their ballots,” Dau said.

AARP Virginia’s media partner for The People’s Debate is Richmond’s WTVR-CBS 6. AARP Virginia and CBS 6 will select a journalist to serve as moderator.

The People’s Debate invites candidates who have made a public announcement of the intention to run; will appear on the general election ballot; have a staffed campaign headquarters office; have issued position papers; have made campaign appearances; and, within 45 days of the event, have registered a minimum of 15% voter support in at least one statistically significant poll conducted by news media or other independent organization (free of ties to any political party or candidate).

“With so many feeds of distorted information trying to shape everyone’s opinions and decisions, it’s critically important that voters get to hear directly from the candidates on important issues,” Dau said. “The People’s Debate will offer the candidates an opportunity to talk directly to voters so that they can make up their own minds in this election.”

The People’s Debate, which began in 2006, is Virginia’s oldest and most widely broadcast statewide, televised debate. CBS 6 will distribute the debate to broadcasters statewide to make the forum available to voters across Virginia.

AARP does not endorse or contribute money to candidates, political parties, or campaigns.

With approximately 1 million members in Virginia, AARP is the largest organization working on behalf of people age 50+ and their families in the Commonwealth.

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