Cuccinelli Rallies Bristow, Hopeful for Prince William Win
– October 30, 2013 5:30 pm
BRISTOW, Va. – The end is in sight for Ken Cuccinelli and his race against Terry McAuliffe to become Virginia’s next governor.
He’s been out spent, and is lagging in the polls to his opponent by at least 12 points. But, during a campaign appearance with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday with just six days to go until the election, the conservative Republican says winning bellwether Prince William County and the rest of the state remains in his grasp.
“We are working the ground and working the other side like crazy in Prince William County… there’s a lot of work to be done here, a lot of voters to contact, and a real opportunity to win,” Cuccinelli told Potomac Local News.
Last year, President Barack Obama handily won Prince William County with 57% of the vote. When Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was elected in 2009, he turned the county red once again after Obama carried it in 2008.
By his own admission, it will be a close race for the Attorney General who brought Jindal back to Virginia following a similar appearance in Richmond following Cuccinelli’s nomination in May. Jindal, who is considering a run for the White House in 2016, called Cuccinelli a “principled leader.”
“In these times, I’m so tired of politicians who stick their finger in the wind to find out where they need to go. We’ve got a saying in Louisiana is when they see a crows marching on city hall they get in front of it and call it a parade,” said Jindal.
This was the second high-profile campaign event in Prince William in the past three days. McAuliffe brought in President Bill Clinton to stump for him on Sunday in Dale City.
The candidates in this governor’s have chosen to rally supporters on national issues and have shied away from state and local issues, such as transportation and education. Cuccienlli on Tuesday referenced the most recent failings of the Obama care website and users inability to access the website and sign up for healthcare coverage. As Attorney General, Cuccinelli sued the federal government following the passage of the law only to have the U.S. Supreme Court rule Obama care a tax.
A vote for Cuccienlli, he maintains, will be a message to Washington that citizens do not want to be forced to purchase to healthcare.
“If the government can tell you how to do this and what to buy then they can tell you to buy anything,” he said.
He went on to liken McAuliffe’s record to insider politics and big government in Washington, and continued by calling the Federal Government the “largest opponent in the world.”
Cuccinelli was first elected to the Virginia Senate in 2002 and remained there until 2010, when he took office as the state’s Attorney General following the election and inauguration of McDonnell. He now lives with his wife Teiro, five daughters and two sons, in Prince William County.