Cuccinelli: ObamaCare is a “national embarrassment”

posted at 7:01 pm on October 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The latest temperature-taking of the Virginia gubernatorial race came from an NBC/Marist poll on Friday, and was another harbinger of a less-than-stellar outcome for Cuccinelli:

With 18 days left in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has an eight-point lead over his Republican opponent, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, gaining three points among likely voters since September, according to the latest NBC4/NBC News/Marist poll.

The former head of the Democratic National Committee leads Mr. Cuccinelli 46% to 38%, with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis at 9%. In September, the same poll found Mr. McAuliffe leading 43% to 38%, with Mr. Sarvis at 8%.

The government shutdown may have given the McAuliffe campaign a boost. Among registered voters in Virginia, 54% say the Republican members in Congress are to blame for the shutdown, while 29% think President Barack Obama is mostly to blame. A notable 39% of Virginians say they or a family member have experienced changes to their employment status, services, or benefits.

The repercussions of the shutdown combined with McAuliffe’s monetary advantages are definitely not doing the Republican candidate any favors; driving in my car on Friday afternoon, I was treated to yet another McAuliffe-sponsored radio ad in which a dark voice suggested in nefarious tones that Ken Cuccinelli has campaigned with Ted Cruz, gasp, and something about how he would just love to bring shutdown tactics to Virginia, blah blah blah.

That said, off-year elections in Virginia have displayed at least an erstwhile tendency to tilt slightly Republican, and that seems to be the approach on which the Cuccinelli camp is now ready to go all-out. In the GOP’s weekly address this morning, the candidate touted his creds as the first of 27 attorneys general to challenge ObamaCare’s constitutionality and pulled no punches in ripping the law as a “hallmark of a reckless federal government that has lost its way”:

Most importantly, we need to reverse the perverse incentives that have raised the cost of insurance premiums and have forced employers to drop health care benefits and full-time jobs in order to stay in business.

Our health care system should be transparent at all levels and provide pricing to inform and empower American families.

We should support market based solutions for health care reform and empower patients free of government control. More and more government in health care has proven to make it worse, not better! America needs to go the other way, trusting our people and our doctors to work out a system that’s best for healthcare, not marching to the senseless beat of some far off government drum.

If the politicians who gave us this train wreck expect us to live by this law, then the same law without special exemptions should apply to Congress. Is that really too much to ask?

ObamaCare serves as a grave threat to the future prosperity of the citizens of Virginia, and I’ll continue to resist expanding it. Not just in Washington, but in every state in America. I promise that I’ll do my part in Virginia, and I know you’ll do yours! Together we can make America better tomorrow than it is today.

And on Saturday afternoon, he was campaigning in southwestern Virginia with Mike Huckabee — gettin’ that base fired up, via Politico:

Ken Cuccinelli thinks his best hope for a comeback in the final three weeks of a Virginia governor’s race that has drifted away from him is to focus on driving up conservative turnout.

So a few hours after Hillary Clinton stumps for Democrat Terry McAuliffe Saturday in Northern Virginia, the Republican will campaign with Mike Huckabee next to Liberty University in the conservative stronghold of Lynchburg.

The former presidential candidate and current Fox News analyst is one of several high-profile, right-wing surrogates coming to the commonwealth during the home stretch. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who became famous as a Fox talking head, will appear with Cuccinelli on Monday. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) comes to Virginia Beach the following Monday. …

“It is always natural in an off year in the last few weeks to do everything to turn out your base,” said Cuccinelli strategist Chris LaCivita. “The party that takes its base vote for granted in an off-, off-year loses.”


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Akzed: ObamaCare is a “national embarrassment”

I mean, Ockam’s Razor or something?

Akzed on October 19, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Shame on Virginia… McAuliffe is a crook of the highest magnitude…

sandee on October 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Win or lose, hopefully Cuccinelli continues to have a voice that many will like.

22044 on October 19, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Cuccinelli would be GREAT for Virginia. Come on, guys – don’t mcauliffe your state – DO THE RIGHT THING – choose the best person for the job.

Pork-Chop on October 19, 2013 at 7:15 PM

at least he is fighting the good fight.

rob verdi on October 19, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Its aptly named. Dog eater care doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

Murphy9 on October 19, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Good message, but the guy’s got the charisma of a fencepost. No wonder he’s losing to a slick shyster like Terry “Money? What money?” McAuliffe.

Kafir on October 19, 2013 at 7:16 PM

SEGrady• 2 hours ago

The mere fact that Hillary is supporting McAuliffe should be all the reason needed to instead vote for Ken Cuccinelli! She is a snake and will be no better than Obama should she slither her way into office!

Commenter here

Schadenfreude on October 19, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Three years of warning this was a train wreck & no one seemed to be listening, while the Corrupt Liberal Media covered it up, spun it, hyped it & now seems to be free of blame. Government does nothing efficiently, nor economically. The amount of $ this program’s going to suck out of our economy once it gets going is going to be destructive.

RdLake on October 19, 2013 at 7:23 PM

If that sorry crooked lying Ba$tard McAuliffe becomes Governor of Virginia, it will be a national embarrassment.

BigWyo on October 19, 2013 at 7:25 PM

This is so cool – of course it’s on topic.

Schadenfreude on October 19, 2013 at 7:30 PM

An add by cocerned group. Priebus & GOP party lack the creativity & backbone to attack the DemoRats. Heard on Rush Limbaugh radio show.
Don’t Detroit Virginia
http://youtu.be/0QJhNMUEjfU

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/10/18/great_anti_mcauliffe_ad_changes_minds

RdLake on October 19, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Time for a comeback, Cuccinelli!

Stoic Patriot on October 19, 2013 at 7:37 PM

If that’s what VA wants, I hope they get it good and hard. As per H.L. Mencken.

vityas on October 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM

MeanWhile, ….from the Assoc. Press,ahem’ssssss????????????

Obama health care law

Report: 476,000 health insurance applications have been filed through ‘Obamacare’ exchanges, officials tell @AP

49 mins ago from bigstory.ap.org by editor
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AP sources: About 476,000 applications filed for ‘Obamacare’ health insurance
Oct. 19, 2013 6:28 PM EDT
*************************

WASHINGTON (AP) — AP sources: About 476,000 applications filed for ‘Obamacare’ health insurance.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-sources-about-476000-applications-filed-obamacare-health-insurance

canopfor on October 19, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Commenter here

Schadenfreude on October 19, 2013 at 7:22 PM

“They’re wondering ‘Could I give this person my vote and will he then remember me? If I vote for him or her, will they do what I heard them say they will do? Will they get diverted by big money or ideology or power will they remember who put them into office?’” she continued. “I can tell you, you don’t have to worry about that with Terry McAuliffe.”

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Of course the unspoken conclusion is “He will forget you, he will do nothing that he promised except drink with those who will enrich him, and diversion is an assured consequence.”
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We would expect only the lowest quality of performance from McAwful and we will be on him day after day after miserable day… he will be broken and whimpering when we finish with him.

ExpressoBold on October 19, 2013 at 7:48 PM

In the GOP’s weekly address this morning, the candidate touted his creds as the first of 27 attorneys general to challenge ObamaCare’s constitutionality

Ah. How’d that work out?

righty45 on October 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM

…Virginia is that dumb?

KOOLAID2 on October 19, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Ah. How’d that work out?

righty45 on October 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM

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You see that the Øbamacare exchanges aren’t working, right? So…. how do you think it worked out?

ExpressoBold on October 19, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Cuccinelli: ObamaCare is a “national embarrassment”

….fixed!

KOOLAID2 on October 19, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Cuccinelli: ObamaCare is a “national embarrassment”

…fixed?

KOOLAID2 on October 19, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Heads Up:

FBI, Capitol Police investigate reported Twitter threats against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas – @ABC

1 min ago from abcnews.go.com by editor
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http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi-capitol-police-investigating-ted-cruz-twitter-threats/story?id=20623361

canopfor on October 19, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Ah. How’d that work out?

righty45 on October 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Keep voting democrat, reprobate.

Murphy9 on October 19, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Because he wants to band tampons or something.

Seriously, the level of contempt Leftists have for people, especially woman is boggling. Waive contraception in front of their faces and claim their opponents want to ban it, no matter if it’s a whopper of a lie, and far too many woman fall in line. WTF?

jawkneemusic on October 19, 2013 at 8:16 PM

…Virginia is that dumb?

KOOLAID2 on October 19, 2013 at 7:51 PM

NoVA, which employs loads of federal “workers,” has a huge impact on the outcome of the state’s races. (Of course, the federal workers will blame Republicans for the slowdown, even though they had a two-week vacation with retroactive pay.) Needless to say, that is why Hillary Clinton was in NoVA on the campaign circuit with McAuliffe in a “I’ll scratch your back and you scratch my back” game of political cronyism and big bucks.

onlineanalyst on October 19, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Seriously, the level of contempt Leftists have for people, especially woman is boggling. Waive contraception in front of their faces and claim their opponents want to ban it, no matter if it’s a whopper of a lie, and far too many woman fall in line. WTF?

jawkneemusic on October 19, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Especially when contraceptives are more for the benefit of men than women, when it comes down to it.

Count to 10 on October 19, 2013 at 8:33 PM

righty45 on October 19, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Dont worry, now that the SC had them admit it was a tax, wait till its challenged on the fact that the bill was written by Reid in the senate and attached to a bill that already passed the house… mind you the senate can not write tax laws.

watertown on October 19, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Actually the Pacific Legal Foundation tried that argument. And it failed too. Sorry to break it to you.

righty45 on October 19, 2013 at 9:07 PM

What a remarkable and stark contest. An absolute and renowned scuzball, the lowest of the low in terms of character and competence, versus a real stalwart of individual rights, a high performing public servant and a man of probity. Virginia will indeed suffer seriously — morally and physically — if they elect McAulliffe. It almost defies imagiantion that they could.

rrpjr on October 19, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Actually the Pacific Legal Foundation tried that argument. And it failed too. Sorry to break it to you.

righty45 on October 19, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Well I intend to propose my own individual challenge:

1) Sign up for Obamacare.
2) Refuse to Pay.
3) When the IRS/Government demands I pay… I will claim that the contract is null and void due to the fact that I signed the contract under duress.

What are your arguements on that regard?

Chaz706 on October 19, 2013 at 9:34 PM

VA, you people are idiots if you elect a democrat.

TX-96 on October 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Well I intend to propose my own individual challenge:

1) Sign up for Obamacare.
2) Refuse to Pay.
3) When the IRS/Government demands I pay… I will claim that the contract is null and void due to the fact that I signed the contract under duress.

What are your arguements on that regard?

Chaz706 on October 19, 2013 at 9:34 PM

What are your “arguements on that regard”?

righty45 on October 19, 2013 at 9:43 PM

jawkneemusic on October 19, 2013 at 8:16 PM
Especially when contraceptives are more for the benefit of men than women, when it comes down to it.
Count to 10 on October 19, 2013 at 8:33 PM

No kidding. #WarOnWoman

jawkneemusic on October 19, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Surely is it T-plus 18 days?

batman on October 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

If the polling result is correct then the Libertarian Party will hand Virginia over to the Democrats. I believe this is the intent of the Libertarian strategy to destroy Republican Party. Who benefits from this? We know the answer. The Democratic Party is the winner both in Virginia and the nation. Libertarians will claim that they will rise from ashes as the new opposition political party. Such a claim is nonsensical. Once the Democrats gain complete control of the government they will rig the system through fraud and a system of social bribery that creates a perpetual one party state. Even if the Libertarian Party becomes the opposition it will be as effective as the one or two opposition Alderman in the Chicago City Council — not worth anything. I can’t prove that the Democrats have placed a Trojan horse inside the Libertarian Party but it doesn’t really matter if the general result is the destruction of the opposition to a one party socialist. The Libertarian Party is effectively a Democratic False Flag operation. It draws off voters and allows a minority to control the government. I will be interested to see if McAuliffe’s margin of victory is less than the combined opposition vote.

jerryofva on October 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM

The fix is in — McAuliffe’s already won, hence 2016 Dem candidate Hillary putting in an appearance to bolster her “I can help get others elected” cred.
McAuliffe’s going to “win” VA the same Obama did in 2012.

Dark Star on October 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Behold the future – when over 50% of the voters are either dependent on the government for a job or for a hand-out. This is the Democrats way to win. Coming soon – Democrats have complete control over 18% of our economy and will be exerting this muscle in healthcare.

batterup on October 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM

So much of this race has come down to money. McAuliffe has been able to significantly outspend Cuccinelli, especially in the summer months. McAuliffe has just pounded and pounded away at Cuccinelli, who just doesn’t have the resources to respond in kind. Of course, leading GOP moderates – including key funding sources — abandoned the party just because they did not get their way during the primary.

Robert_Paulson on October 19, 2013 at 11:17 PM

…so is the man it’s named after…

easyt65 on October 20, 2013 at 12:05 AM

I’m not a fan of “messaging”, but that video is horrendous. Looking people in the eyes is rule No. 1.

paul1149 on October 20, 2013 at 5:29 AM

Any Democrats out there complaining about ObamaCare…???

albill on October 20, 2013 at 7:13 AM

The Libertarian Party is effectively a Democratic False Flag operation. It draws off voters and allows a minority to control the government. I will be interested to see if McAuliffe’s margin of victory is less than the combined opposition vote.

jerryofva on October 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Hey the social cons in this state have made it clear that they don’t give a damn about libertarian ideas, preferring to toss a few crumbs now and then more than anything else. They deride all non-socons and have done a pretty effective job of sowing up control of the party. So why are you surprised when those folks who don’t hold to their agenda refuse to play along? I will quite happily vote for the libertarian candidate next month and if that means McAullife wins so be it. I blame you socons for that. You guys forced Ken “Sodomy & Government-mandated Vaginal Exams” Cuccinelli on us, although admittedly that idiot Bolling was the only other choice. At least through a primary he might have been more palatable but instead was imposed by backroom deals in a convention. Congrats. You “won”. Good luck with that at the polls next month.

JohnAGJ on October 20, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Behold the future – when over 50% of the voters are either dependent on the government for a job or for a hand-out. This is the Democrats way to win. Coming soon – Democrats have complete control over 18% of our economy and will be exerting this muscle in healthcare.

batterup on October 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Add to this the fact that the Dem party is unequivocally the party of prolonged adolescence. A vote for the Dems means nothing is ever your fault, and you’re worth just as much as anyone else, no matter what type of a lazy, shiftless scoundrel you mighty be. You’re entitled to your fair share of other’s hard work, and you never have to concern yourself with all those pesky adult issues like unfunded mandates and unsupportable entitlement programs.

Don’t get me wrong, the entire Dem platform is little more than a Societal Suicide Cult, but as a means to pick up the low info voters its a winner.

CaptFlood on October 20, 2013 at 8:26 AM

I just have one question.

If the GOP is the party of the rich where are the democrats getting their money from?

Make that two questions.

Just how much taxpayer money is being laundered to democrats?

bgibbs1000 on October 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Actually the Pacific Legal Foundation tried that argument. And it failed too. Sorry to break it to you.

righty45 on October 19, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Dred Scott.
The courts are not always right.
Sometimes they bow to social pressures and the media as Roberts did.
If we gave up fighting for what is right, we would still have slavery in this country.
We must continue to fight for what is right.

talkingpoints on October 20, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Hopefully Cuccinelli can hang that South African necktie of Obamacare around his opponent’s neck the last few weeks of the campaign…

Khun Joe on October 20, 2013 at 9:37 AM

John:

I was waiting for a moron like you to show up and equate Libertarian with anti-socon and all you did was parrot back the demonstrable lies that McAuliffe has been peddling. Guess what? Sarah Palin is a social conservative and a real Libertarian. In fact real Libertarians understand that what passes for Libertarianism is nothing more than the same celebration of drugs, gayness and abortion that form the core of Progressive social engineering. You are willing to kill the Second Amendment, fiscal sanity and let McAuliffe loot Virginia because you believe McAuliffe’s lies. Sex and drugs must be the sole purpose of your life.

jerryofva on October 20, 2013 at 5:50 PM

TP:

It is a myth that the Dred Scott decision was wrongfully decided. A moral abomination yes but not legally wrong. Scott had the legal status of property and the Court had Constitution obligation to protect property rights. That was entire conundrum of slavery. The slave did not have the status of a person.

jerryofva on October 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

I wish Cuccinelli and company would use the term (and it’s accurate) “carpetbagger” to describe McAuliffe. He came to Virginia only for his DNC and other federal party hack work–not to become a part of Virginia. “Carpetbagger” should still resonate, badly, in the South.

Kevin K. on October 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM