Cuccinelli: tomorrow’s election a ‘referendum on Obamacare’
Ken Cuccinelli soaks up applause at a campaign stop in Fauquier with his running mates and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla). - Photo by Doug Stroud
One day before polls open, the entire Republican state ticket came to Fauquier County to fire up their base.
Standing in the Stoneridge Events Center just outside of Warrenton, Ken Cuccinelli, who is running for governor, E.W. Jackson, who is running for lieutenant governor, and Mark Obenshain, who is running for attorney general, appealed to more than 300 attendees - mostly older white men and women.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) stood with the three candidates, praising Cuccinelli and burnishing the GOP ticket's bona fides.
Cuccinelli tried to tie their Democratic opponents' fortunes to the botched roll-out of Healthcare.gov, the online health insurance exchange that is the linchpin of the Affordable Care Act.
Virginia's state-level election will be a referendum on the healthcare reform laws, Cuccinelli said.
“They're not standing behind Obamacare,” Cuccinelli said. “I'm scared to death of what Obamacare is doing to Virginia. Terry McAuliffe is scared to death of what Obamacare is doing to Terry McAuliffe.
“And tomorrow, we need to make his fears come true,” Cuccinelli said to cheers.
Cuccinelli reminded the crowd that he was the first state attorney general to challenge the Affordable Care Act, firing off a legal suit 30 minutes after President Barack Obama signed the reforms into law.
Rubio joined the state candidates in piling onto Healthcare.gov, reminding them that according to internal notes, only six people signed up for insurance on the first day the site went live.
“What do the Democrats in this race stand for?” Rubio asked.
“Socialism,” one attendee called out.
“They stand for the same failed policies that have never worked anywhere they've tried,” Rubio said.
The candidates told the audience that they were spreading a positive message, then called McAuliffe, Cuccinelli's Democrat opponent, a liar. They slung mud at McAuliffe's campaign for drawing the majority of his campaign funds from out-of-state interests, when the same has become true of their own campaign.
According to a September report from the Virginia Public Access Project, only 26.6 percent of McAuliffe's fundraising has come from Virginians. Cuccinelli's campaign has fared little different, drawing only 30.5 percent of its funds from Virginians.
E. W. Jackson affirmed his opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency, regulations to the coal industry and health care reform.
Jackson, in his first public visit to Fauquier County since the Tea Party's 2012 protest against the county's Board of Zoning Appeals, accused Democrats of taking a cynical view of minorities.
“You are pawns on their political chessboard,” Jackson said.
He taunted the news networks who sent reporters to cover the campaign stop.
“I've got news for the mainstream media,” Jackson said. “They're going to find out that the people of Virginia know better than to believe the lies. They're standing up to them and they're going to give us a victory tomorrow.”
Obenshain, who has campaigned as a successor in kind to Cuccinelli's brand of leadership as attorney general, said he would work to fight human trafficking and support public safety officials' efforts to protect senior citizens.
“We need an attorney general who is going to stand strong for our economy, who understands that regulations are the number one job killers in America,” Obenshain said. “An attorney general who's going to stand up and fight for our right to work laws, and when the federal government steps over the line, an attorney general who is willing just as Ken Cuccinelli did, to stand up.”
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