It’s no surprise that Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli is 100-percent opposed to Obamacare. Before running for governor, he has been a huge advocate for shutting down the President’s healthcare plan. With Obamacare going into effect on Tuesday, Cuccinelli gave one final push against it on Friday night.
The gubernatorial race is coming to a close and Cuccinelli and McAuliffe have completely opposite views on healthcare reform. This was Cuccinelli’s chance to make another statement about it and try to regain the lead.
In an article published by The Washington Post, Cuccinelli was quoted as saying, “Just this week, they pushed back the online enrollment for small business, which was set for October 1,” he said. “They keep rolling these things back. The people who are implementing this don’t know the rules. And if they don’t know the rules, they can’t tell us what they are.”
Being anti-Obamacare has gained him more supporters from the Tea Party and also can be seen as a good tactic to reel in the swing votes because many people are also against it. Throughout this election process, Cuccinelli has mostly made his points about being totally against Medicaid, while McAuliffe has come out in support of the program. Medicaid would help over 400,000 Virginia residents and this could mean a lot of votes in his favor.
Finally, Cuccinelli made a comment about the government shutdown – he said he did not agree with it. This may come as a surprise to most. Cuccinelli’s stance disagrees with Republican Senator Ted Cruz who has been pushing for the shutdown. Cruz has been behind Cuccinelli throughout his race and is even headlining a fundraiser for him next week. This is not to say that Cuccinelli is all of a sudden in favor of the Affordable Care Act — he is still opposed — but he has admitted that it’s a little extreme to shut down the whole government.
Before the advent of television, radio and the Internet, political candidates had to attack their opponents in person, and largely on the issues important to voters. Mud-slinging and ad-hominem attacks happened, but on a much less visual and overwhelming level. In the Virginia governor’s race, Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D) have launched all-out assaults on each other through TV ads and emails to supporters. Much of the correspondence between supporters and candidates attacks the opposition with ad hominem arguments instead of taking up the issues.
Both campaigns have launched ads attacking their opponents for a whole slew of things: bad business decisions, stances on divorce law and the other’s trustworthiness. Few ads from either campaign let viewers know the stance the candidate has on a specific issue. The spots are jargon-y, filled with vague language that doesn’t really explain why this candidate is a better choice than the other candidates. One would hope emails from the campaigns would better explain the candidate’s stances on issues that are important to voters. Nope. The emails received at the Virginia Vibe have had just as many ad hominem attacks as the TV spots. The only stinging difference between the TV ads and the emails received is that the emails often solicit money.
The only candidate that seems to be campaigning on the issues is Robert Sarvis, a Libertarian candidate from Fairfax, Va. The Virginia Vibe does not receive any emails from Sarvis. However, Sarvis’s TV ad that premiered during the gubernatorial debate Tuesday – a definite slap in the face to the powers that be deciding who debates – is the only TV ad to feature the issues.
Not to be overly cynical, but who knows if Sarvis’s ad is issues-based because he doesn’t have the clout to attack Cuccinelli and McAuliffe now? Sarvis is definitely not the biggest dog in this fight.
As far as the major two parties are concerned, neither Cuccinelli nor McAuliffe is winning the race for issues-based campaigning. The Virginia governor’s race is a dirty, mud-slinging example of American politics in the 2010s. The race for votes is still tight – at last report, McAuliffe led by less than 10 percent – so it’s probable Virginians will continue to see more ad hominem TV ads from candidates. Is it right? No. Is it fair? Probably not. Is it the way of American politics? It’s looking like it.
With Election Day coming up, there hasn’t been much movement on the forefront of gun issues. Starting Monday, the National Rifle Association will start their $500,000 ad campaign in support of Ken Cuccinelli (R) and oppose Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s views.
Cuccinelli has been a huge supporter of gun rights, even though he hasn’t said much about it throughout his campaign. The issues over gun-control laws are huge but they’ve seemed to take a backseat during this election process. Now that it’s getting close to the big day, people on both sides of the debate are starting to talk more about it.
NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said, in an article published by The Washington Post, “Terry McAuliffe has come out and basically stated his support for every gun control scheme imaginable. And if Terry has his way, the burden of law in Virginia will be on law-abiding gun owners and not on criminals. That’s a wrong-headed approach. Virginia needs leaders who are going to be tough on crime and tough on criminals.”
Because of the all-too-recent Navy Yard shooting, gun control was a huge topic of concern between the two candidates at Wednesday night’s debate. In the same Washington Post article, McAuliffe was quoted as saying, “I have called for universal background checks. My opponent doesn’t support that. I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. I’m a hunter. I own guns. … There are certain individuals who just should not own a gun. There are individuals that have mental illness. I think this is such a critical issue for us. … As governor, I’m gonna push. Most importantly, we need universal background checks for everyone.”
The two candidates will continue to have opposing views on this issue and it could be a deciding factor for some voters.
The highly anticipated debate between Democrat gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe and Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli happened Wednesday night, but we are still lacking some answers.
Senator Ted Cruz has been trying his hardest to defund Obamacare. When asked about his opinion, Cuccinelli has been dodging every straight answer and this continued Wednesday night at the debate. He has been asked several times about whether or not he supports Cruz’s stance and all he’s done is beat around the bush.
In a press release received Wednesday from McAuliffe’s campaign, spokesperson Josh Schwerin said, “At last night’s debate, Ken Cuccinelli refused to clearly condemn the threat of a government shutdown as a bargaining chip to push an ideological agenda. He has focused his career on fighting divisive ideological battles and is about to bring Senator Ted Cruz, the leader of the shutdown movement, to Virginia. Ken Cuccinelli nearly killed the entire state budget in Virginia over his battle to defund Planned Parenthood. It’s time for Ken Cuccinelli to give Virginians the straight answer they deserve.”
Many Virginians are waiting for the answer to this important question. Could deflecting these questions gain him more negative attention and ultimately change the course of the race? We will have to wait and see.
Gubernatorial candidates squared off last night in a heated debate about the future of Virginia.
Former Massachusetts governor and former Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, will officially be joining and headlining Ken Cuccinelli’s private fundraising event in McLean today, September 25.
Cuccinelli is taking the opportunity to have such a well-known political figure help him win the race against Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Terry McAuliffe. “Ken is grateful to have Governor Romney’s support. He’s looking forward to sharing ideas with the governor on how to grow Virginia’s economy and implement his plan to create 58,000 jobs,” said Cuccinelli spokesman Richard Cullen in an article published by The Washington Post on Tuesday.
Romney seemed to have been endorsing Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) last year when he was running against Cuccinelli for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, because Bolling was his campaign chairman. Now that Romney is on Cuccinelli’s side, the race is going to get even more interesting.
As of Monday, September 23, 2013, Terry McAuliffe (D) is still in the lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the VA governor race. According to The Washington Post, McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli 47% to 39%. Unlikely winner, Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, has climbed to 10%, which is more than he had starting out in the race.
For a race that has been so tight this whole time, an 8% margin is a larger lead. This jump in votes seems to be because of female voters who lean more towards McAuliffe. In a poll done by The Washington Post in May, both candidates were tied for the female vote.
Throughout the campaign, McAuliffe has painted Cuccinelli as a man against women’s rights, especially when it comes to the highly debated issue of abortion. His response has been to accuse McAuliffe of starting a “war on coal” with the rest of the Democratic Party. Cuccinelli is still trailing when it comes to energy and environment, though.
Both candidates have their strengths and weaknesses and as the race comes to a close in the next couple of months, it will be imperative for them to tackle the issues as best they can in order to get that final push to the top.
Saturday night, at a dinner for non-profit Virginia Forever, gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D) clashed over their environmental plans. This has been a major debate between the two candidates during this race and their views will play a huge role in the votes.
McAuliffe is a major advocate of conservation. He said that if elected governor, he would “preserve over 400,000 acres of open space across Virginia.”
On another issue, Cuccinelli voiced his opinions about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and taking stronger action towards polluters. Where McAuliffe made promises, Cuccinelli offered specific strategies and plans.
“I believe the scientific consensus that climate change is real, it’s happening, and is caused by our continued actions. I know that the attorney general and I disagree on that,” McAuliffe said Saturday, citing the perils that rising sea levels hold for the Hampton Roads region.
Friday, the Obama Administration issued strict new carbon emissions limits, which Cuccinelli is extremely opposed to. “The administration renewed its war on coal today,” Cuccinelli said, adding — as he often does — that “a war on coal is a war on the poor” and that Virginia “needs a governor who’ll fight for those folks” who depend on the coal industry.”
One topic dear to Virginia Forever’s heart is the land preservation tax credit. McAuliffe said he opposed a reduction in the credit and gained a majority of the support there, while Cuccinelli voiced that he had his concerns but didn’t highlight anything of importance. These two polar opposite views on the environment will play be a huge influence on the votes, as we get closer to Election Day.
On Thursday, September 19, The Virginia Credit Union League officially announced their support and endorsements for Terry McAuliffe (D) for governor and state senator Ralph Northam (D) for lieutenant governor.
Of Virginia’s 172 member-owned credit unions, the Virginia Credit Union League is the number one leader. The union has conducted interviews with the candidates and has asked them specific questions; they favored Terry McAuliffe’s answers. Some of these questions dealt with topics such as tax reform, public deposits, financial literacy and member business lending.
Rick Pillow, president of the Virginia Credit Union League is quoted in a press release by Lewis Wood, Vice President of Public Relations and Communication of the McAuliffe campaign, as saying, “Terry McAuliffe understands the unique role of not-for-profit credit unions in the marketplace and appreciates that some 3 million Virginians count on us as their financial services partner. Credit unions face a host of challenges at both the state and federal levels, and Terry’s commitment to support us in Richmond and in Washington proved he truly is a friend to credit unions and the hard-working Virginians that depend on us.”
McAuliffe supports changes in federal law that would allow credit unions to make more loans to small business as much as he supports preserving the credit union tax exemption.
Senator Ralph Northam shares these same views, pointing to why the union has chosen to also endorse him for lieutenant governor.
In a press release from the Terry McAuliffe campaign, Josh Schwerin asserts that Cuccinelli is “Not for Us.”
New Ad: Cuccinelli is Not for Us
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s campaign for governor released a new ad today, “Not For Us”, highlighting Ken Cuccinelli’s office helping an out-of-state energy company rip off Southwest Virginia landowners. A federal judge has called the Attorney General’s office’s actions “shocking” and the Inspector General has opened an investigation. Ken Cuccinelli even turned around and took more than $100,000 in campaign donations from the energy company his office was helping.
“Ken Cuccinelli told Southwest Virginians that he would fight for them, but it turns out his office was helping an out-of-state energy company rip off Southwest Virginia landowners,” said McAuliffe spokesperson Josh Schwerin. “Ken Cuccinelli has proven time and again that his main priority is furthering his own ideological and political agenda even when it hurts the Virginians he’s supposed to represent.”
Transcript, “Not for Us”
Ken Cuccinelli: Southwest Virginia has never had anybody fight harder for them than I have …
Announcer: But now dozens of new emails have been uncovered that show Ken Cuccinelli’s office helping an out of state energy company rip off Southwest Virginia landowners.
The same energy company that’s funneled over $100,000 to Cuccinelli’s campaign
Ken Cuccinelli. He’s really not for us.
Headline: Dozens of emails surface from Virginia AG office to gas company [Bristol Herald Courier, 8/20/13]
Federal Judge “Shocked” by Cuccinelli’s Help to Companies “Against Charges They Bilked Landowners Out of Royalties”
In June 2013, the AP reported, “A federal judge said she is shocked that an assistant Virginia attorney general has been helping two natural gas companies, one a major donor to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial campaign, defend themselves against charges they bilked landowners out of royalties.” [AP, 6/7/13]
“The Company Has Funneled $111,044 into His Campaign Coffers” In August 2013, the Bristol Herald Courier reported, “Adding to the fire is the role CNX parent company CONSOL Energy has as one of the top financial contributors to Cuccinelli’s campaign. The company has funneled $111,044 into his campaign coffers since 2012, according to campaign watchdog Virginia Public Access Project.” [Bristol Herald Courier, 8/20/13]