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Warner and Senate Intelligence Committee Looking Into Social Media Ads and Possible Russian Interference in the 2016 Elections

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says the “million dollar question” about Facebook election ads sold to accounts linked to Russia is how the Russians knew who to target on Facebook.

Warner is Vice-Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which began looking over some 3,000 Russian-linked ads that Facebook voluntarily agreed to turn over to the committee this week. Warner said, “I am glad that Facebook has finally stepped forward.”

Political Analysis for Friday, September 22, 2017

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch joins 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper for this week’s political analysis. Topics include the debate in Northern Virginia between Ralph Northam and Ed Gillespie, John Warner’s backing of Gillespie, and last weekend’s pro-confederate rally in Richmond.

Transcript:
CC: From WCVE News in Richmond, I’m Craig Carper. Joining me now from the Richmond Times-Dispatch is political columnist and WCVE’s political analyst, Jeff Schapiro. Jeff, good morning.

JS: Hi there Craig.

Survey Measures Popularity of President and Governor

In a Mary Washington University Statewide Survey, just released, 55% of respondents say they disapprove of President Trump’s job performance while 37% approve.

Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, director of the university’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, said the President is as unpopular in Virginia now as he was as a candidate a year ago. “There are still strong doubts about whether he has the sort of temperament that one wants to see in a President. That’s something that people were concerned about before the election and it’s something that Virginians are concerned about now.”

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