Governors in Virginia are not permitted by state law to run for consecutive terms, but a former governor can return to office in a future election.
Mr Biden was speaking in Arlington, just outside Washington DC, on Friday when a group of people started screaming, interrupting the president’s speech.
Reporters at the event said the group was shouting “shut down Line 3” in reference to a Minnesota pipeline project.
The crowd in attendance appeared to be trying to defend the president, booing the group shouting and chanting “Come on, Joe!” “
Mr Biden urged his supporters to calm down and ignore the protesters.
“It’s good, it’s good,” Mr. Biden said. ” No no no no. Let them talk. It’s good. Look, this is not a Trump rally. Let them scream. Nobody pays attention.
Mr Biden was back on the campaign trail, opposing a candidate for the first time since becoming president. Mr McAuliffe is running to recoup his old job against Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin, a political recruit who became wealthy after working in private equity.
The race is seen as competitive despite the state’s evolution towards Democrats in recent years.
While Mr. Biden’s pro-Mr. McAuliffe speech only involved a short jaunt from the White House, his in-person speech to 3,000 McAuliffe supporters shows the importance of the Virginia governor’s race among the political insiders.
This gives parties a chance to determine what type of message will work in the post-2020 political landscape before the 2022 mid-term.
Adrienne Elrod was Hillary Clinton’s senior advisor during her 2016 presidential campaign and she also worked on Mr. Biden’s nomination.
“This is an important test for the Biden administration,” she told The Associated Press. “The margins are so small and he needs to be able to use his influence to help candidates cross the finish line. “
“His message is simple: he is keeping his promises in terms of vaccines, record growth in employment and infrastructure,” she added.
Mr Biden attempted to link Mr Youngkin with former President Donald Trump, who lost to Mr Biden in Virginia in 2020, garnering 44% of the vote in the state.
“Terry and I share a lot of things in common. I ran against Donald Trump and Terry too. And I whipped Donald Trump in Virginia and Terry too, ”Biden said. “I’m telling you what, the guy Terry is running against is a sidekick of Donald Trump – for real, I mean, it’s like, I don’t know where these guys are from. “
Criticizing Republicans, Biden said the party “offers nothing more than fear, lies and broken promises.”
Mr. Youngkin tried to present his candidacy as more moderate than that of Mr. Trump, but still said he was “honored” to receive the approval of the former president.
“With the Democratic candidate being so philosophically close and similar to Biden, many may view Virginia as a stronger indicator than usual,” political science professor Mark Rozell at George Mason University told the AP.