Republicans aim to repeat Youngkin's schools tactic in 2022 elections

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Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin speaks during his predetermination nighttime enactment astatine a edifice successful Chantilly, Virginia, U.S., November 3, 2021. REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Hoping to retake some houses of Congress successful elections a twelvemonth from now, Republicans program to travel a strategy Glenn Youngkin utilized to triumph Virginia's governor's race, making schools the beforehand enactment successful U.S. civilization wars, respective lawmakers said connected Wednesday.

Youngkin, a erstwhile Carlyle Group Inc (CG.O) main executive, defeated erstwhile Governor Terry McAuliffe connected Tuesday, partially by focusing connected - and fueling - parental choler implicit the mode schools person addressed contention and sex and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The attack belies the disapproval Republicans faced nether erstwhile President Donald Trump for seeking cuts successful acquisition and trying to wage for a projected Trump borderline partition with Mexico utilizing funds budgeted for schools and childcare centers.

Several starring Republicans said connected Wednesday they valued a run connection aimed astatine parents.

"The 1 happening you volition find is, the Republican Party volition beryllium the enactment of education," said House of Representatives Republican person Kevin McCarthy. He said House Republicans would soon rotation retired a "parents' measure of rights."

Republicans person been heartened by Youngkin's triumph successful Virginia, a authorities that has drifted toward Democrats successful caller years, and by beardown Republican performances successful different states connected Tuesday.

Democrats clasp razor-thin majorities successful some the U.S. House and Senate. Historical trends and President Joe Biden's flagging canvass numbers springiness Republicans an vantage successful adjacent year's contention to find which enactment controls Congress.

McCarthy predicted that much than 70 Democratic-controlled House seats volition beryllium competitory adjacent year.

Youngkin latched onto concerns from parents that schools are teaching left-wing ideas to combat racism astatine the disbursal of much accepted subjects.

He vowed to prohibition the teaching of "critical contention theory," a ineligible model that examines however racism shapes U.S. laws and policies. Virginia schoolhouse officials accidental captious contention mentation arsenic a taxable is not taught successful classrooms.

Republicans besides tried to nonstop choler implicit schooling astatine Biden's emerging $1.75 trillion social-spending and climate-change legislation, which offers cosmopolitan preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds.

"Democrats should perceive to the voters. Drop this reckless taxing and spending spree," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said successful a level code connected Wednesday.

Democrats dismissed the Republican rhetoric.

"Republicans tin accidental it shows Democrats are overreaching, and Democrats tin accidental it shows we should person enacted this anterior to the predetermination and tally connected it," said Democratic Senator Chris Murphy. "Everybody has an casual rotation here."

Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito said the Youngkin connection connected acquisition resonated with parents who became immersed successful schooling issues during months spent astatine location with their children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Scott Malone and Howard Goller

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