With the Virginia governor’s election just weeks away, candidates Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D) are peppering the airwaves with ads attacking the other.
The latest in a series of anti-Cuccinelli ads from McAuliffe’s camp attacks the Republican’s views on abortion. The ad is aiming to make Cuccinelli appear out-of-touch with mainstream ideas on the issue and with independent, female voters, according to both the Washington Post and The Hill.
McAuliffe’s ad features Norfolk doctor Holly Puritz. “For 30 years I’ve worked as an OB-GYN, my job is to protect the health of women,” Puritz says. “So I’m particularly offended by Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli wants to make all abortion illegal, even in cases of rape and incest, even to protect a woman’s health. I want a governor who’s focused on schools and creating jobs, not someone who wants to do my job. Who’s Ken Cuccinelli to interfere in the lives of women across Virginia?”
Cuccinelli’s camp fired back, noting McAuliffe’s recent loss to Cuccinelli in the bid for a tech company’s endorsement. “Ken Cuccinelli has said very clearly the core focus of his race is job creation and fighting for every Virginian to have an opportunity to succeed. The only person in this race who is focused on divisive issues is Terry McAuliffe,” says Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix. “With no economic plan and no grasp on critical issues, McAuliffe has nothing left except divisive attacks.”