Nov 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Warner: Va. election "might have been different" if infrastructure bill passed earlier


Screenshot via CNN's "State of the Union."

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Sunday said that the outcome of Virginia's gubernatorial election "might have been different," if Congress had passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill sooner.

Why it matters: Warner's remarks on CNN's "State of the Union" come amid a broader look back at what led to the Republican Party's key wins last week.

  • Following the off-year elections, President Biden acknowledged that stalled legislation may have contributed to disappointing results, adding that the Democratic Party needs to "produce for the American people."
  • Warner also said that GOP candidates have "stirred up the cultural pot" to win elections, saying that "I think Glenn Youngkin touched a nerve that was felt in Virginia."

What they're saying: "The House could have passed it in August. We could have spent the last three months going around Virginia talking about clean water systems," Warner told host Dana Bash.

  • "I think, if we could have been talking about that win and showing the kind of job creation that actually has been taking place, things might have been different," he added.
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