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Democrats Will Throw Book at Ken Cuccinelli
National Journal ^ | February 1, 2013 | Elahe Izadi

Posted on 02/04/2013 11:26:38 PM PST by neverdem

The Republican attorney general's controversial comments in his upcoming tome could come back to haunt him in the Virginia governor's race.

Pragmatic Republicans looking to hang onto the governorship in Virginia have been hoping that their nominee, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, would tailor his outspoken conservative views for a more-moderate Old Dominion electorate.  But based on excerpts released from his new book, Cuccinelli is making no apologies — and comes out swinging hard against all government entitlement programs.

According to reports from Politico and The Washington Post, Cuccinelli doesn’t limit his criticism of government programs, but also is skeptical of its role as a provider of last resort.  

One telling anecdote: Cuccinelli’s recounting of a time in the 1970s when his uninsured mother was hospitalized for six months. They got help from extended family and friends as Cuccinelli’s father worked to pay off the bills. “It was a painfully difficult time for my parents, but despite the hardship, the last thing my parents thought about doing was asking the government to force other people to pay our bills,” an excerpt in the Politico report said. 

Cuccinelli also writes that entitlement programs have been used to make people dependent on the federal government, and while maintaining the constitutionality of Medicare and Social Security, writes that President Bush used the 2003 Medicare expansion and "taxpayer dollars to buy seniors’ votes for his 2004 reelection campaign, pure and simple."

The book, being released on Feb. 12, is the first major event that could shape the trajectory of the Virginia gubernatorial race. The book has opened up a clear line of attack for his Democratic rival Terry McAuliffe, who is trying to cast Cuccinelli as anti-Medicare and anti-Social Security. McAuliffe campaign officials say they expect it to use it to attack Cuccinnelli as being out of the mainstream.

The campaign released a statement Friday describing Cuccinelli’s remarks on Medicare and Social Security as “demeaning to hardworking families.”

“Our next Governor must put aside this kind extreme ideological rhetoric that divides Virginians and insults everyone who has worked hard and paid their taxes,” McAuliffe said.

For its part, the Cuccinelli campaign is accusing Democrats of “cherry picking” portions of the book and making a “baseless attack" on Medicare and Social Security.

“When the full book is available, voters will realize that the statement was taken out of context and that Mr. Cuccinelli supports Medicare and Social Security,” said campaign spokesman Jahan Wilcox.

When asked for a copy of the book in order to get the fuller context, Wilcox responded that it will be available for purchase on Feb. 12.

In a case of curious timing, Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican exploring a run as an independent, this week came out in support of Medicaid expansion so long as it includes federal waivers to let the state reform the program. That’s a reversal of his earlier position.  The announcement suggests he’s politically attuned to the implications of Cuccinelli’s comments and is looking to draw a contrast with his GOP rival.

“This is early. The whole race hasn’t formulated yet,” said former Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, a moderate Republican. “Some of it depends on what the whole Republican ticket is going to look like. Is it going to be a broad-based ticket representing the whole party?… Will the Republican base fracture, or will the attorney general be able to put the whole coalition together?”

Davis also pointed to Gov. Bob McDonnell's ability to win in the state despite news breaking during the campaign on the contents of his master's thesis, in which he wrote that working women were "detrimental" to families. One big difference, however: McDonnell’s thesis was written nearly two decades before his 2009 campaign.

Playing in Cuccinelli’s favor: In Virginia, voters traditionally vote against the president’s party in gubernatorial elections. Davis said atmospherics and President Obama’s approval ratings will be as important as Cuccinelli’s writings come November.

Also, Cuccinelli has always been conservative, and he’s won a number of times before in Virginia. It wouldn’t be wise to write-off his prospects, even if the book does damage. “A lot of Democrats have gone to the graveyard underestimating Ken Cuccinelli,” Davis said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: conservative; cuccinelli; dncstrategy; hero; kencuccinelli; mcauliffe; nextgovernor; va2013

1 posted on 02/04/2013 11:26:48 PM PST by neverdem
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To: Gabz; COBOL2Java; FoxInSocks; pepsionice; palmer; tgusa; KoRn; mdmathis6; Apple Blossom; ...

Ping


2 posted on 02/04/2013 11:29:53 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem
So then let's just throw in the towel and never run an opposing campaign ever again.

The MSM has crossed the line from journalism to bullying to thuggery.

It's time for somebody to punch them in the nose. Gingrich tried it, but was hamstrung by the confines of a presidential primary campaign.

Can anybody stop the power that the MSM has amassed to politically assassinate any potential GOP threat every two years before an election?

-PJ

3 posted on 02/04/2013 11:33:25 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: neverdem
If that is the extent of what they have, I think he can defuse this if he handles it right. My concern is that he'll fall into the ‘Rat-media trap that Mourdock and Akin fell into, the conflating of pro-life and rape. Our candidates have to be smart enough to not blunder into that set-up. And you know the ‘Rats are going to pull it on him. VA is problematic enough for us now, we can't afford to throw away another contest with the same kind of blunder that cost us two very winnable Senate seats.
4 posted on 02/04/2013 11:34:30 PM PST by chimera
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To: chimera

“Welfare” is an entitlement. Unlike welfare, SS and Medicare are OBLIGATIONS of the Federal Gov’t. People pay into both systems, and the funds MUST be there when needed. the question ought to be “how are we going to finance the system esp. with 76 MILLION people retiring at practically the same time, PLUS finance Obamacare”? I would just LOVE to hear what the ‘Rats propose to do to solve this*/s

Correct answer: WE are SCREWED.


5 posted on 02/05/2013 12:02:21 AM PST by Frank_2001
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To: neverdem; All

If I heard the news right today, there is one rebel Republican VA state Senator who refused to vote, which would have given the 20/20 Senate a tie to be broken by the Republican chair (Lt. Gov.?). I think this may be related to the fact that while a black Democrat Senator was participating in the Inaugural, the Senate met and pushed through a controversial measure while they had a majority. Even some Republicans viewed this as dirty pool.


6 posted on 02/05/2013 12:04:33 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: neverdem

Idea for a Cunccinelli palmcard

Democrats and RINOS
GOD DENIERS AND CONGENITAL LIARS
ARE REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH INCITERS/
FOR FIRST YOUR MONEY THEN YOUR GUNS
AND BE DEFENSELESS WHEN CROOKS COME

It’s time to get government out of Your face
Your religion and and Your pocketbook


7 posted on 02/05/2013 2:08:38 AM PST by mosesdapoet ("It's a sin to tell a lie", in telling others that , got me my nickname ......Ex Chi" mechanic")
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To: neverdem; Liz
Report: McAuliffe, Menendez donor ‘good friends’

RICHMOND — A news report on the South Florida surgeon accused of providing free travel and underage prostitutes to Sen. Robert Menendez describes Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat running for Virginia governor, as one of the doctor’s “good friends.”

8 posted on 02/05/2013 2:32:50 AM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: neverdem
Cuccinelli’s recounting of a time in the 1970s when his uninsured mother was hospitalized for six months. They got help from extended family and friends as Cuccinelli’s father worked to pay off the bills. “It was a painfully difficult time for my parents, but despite the hardship, the last thing my parents thought about doing was asking the government to force other people to pay our bills,” an excerpt in the Politico report said.

How DARE his family try to pay their own bills.

9 posted on 02/05/2013 2:48:45 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Frank_2001

Sort of, The supreme has already ruled on this issue, Social Security and Medicare are “GIFTS” to the American people, there is no RIGHT to THEM WHATSOEVER and they are not OBLIGATED in any way shape or form to grant these gifts to anyone.


10 posted on 02/05/2013 3:59:57 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: neverdem

Don’t worry. Tokyo Rove and company will be right on it.

A moderate is coming to the primary.


11 posted on 02/05/2013 4:30:20 AM PST by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture....all should be preserved)
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To: chimera

I have been impressed with Ken Cuccinelli. He is sharp as a tack, and doesn’t seem to have the same foot in mouth disease as some of the Republicans.

He’s not likely to get trapped in the same way as some of the others.


12 posted on 02/05/2013 4:51:56 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: neverdem
McAuliffe is merely following the essence of the DEMOCRAP PARTY: Practicing the politics of FEAR, DIVISION, and HATRED.

For me, the DEMOCRAPS moved into high gear in the Goldwater campaign. The "Daisy Girl" commercial showed their lack of respect for children and the public in general with the ad. Nuking a child is part of the initiative.
13 posted on 02/05/2013 5:25:47 AM PST by leprechaun9
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To: neverdem
McAuliffe is merely following the essence of the DEMOCRAP PARTY: Practicing the politics of FEAR, DIVISION, and HATRED.

For me, the DEMOCRAPS moved into high gear in the Goldwater campaign. The "Daisy Girl" commercial showed their lack of respect for children and the public in general with the ad. Nuking a child is part of the initiative.
14 posted on 02/05/2013 5:26:02 AM PST by leprechaun9
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To: mosesdapoet

Positively anacoluthian.


15 posted on 02/05/2013 5:34:31 AM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: neverdem
I got the chance to hear Ken Cuccinelli and his wife speak a couple of years ago. They were terriffic!

I've been a fan of his since! I hope he wins (who would vote for Terry McAuliff? Yuck!)

16 posted on 02/05/2013 5:49:15 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
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To: neverdem

Here we go...
Conservatives are nuts....Palin, Santorum, Akin, anyone who advocates individual responsibility...
Please, Cucch, do NOT roll over like the squishy GOPe...
Go after macaullif on his lack of experience and close ties to Obozo’s policies.
ATTACK!


17 posted on 02/05/2013 5:57:12 AM PST by matginzac
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To: CAluvdubya
who would vote for Terry McAuliff? Yuck!)

"They" don't even have to vote. Hell, "they" now do not have to even actually exist.

and now, with voting extended for days ... even weeks in some states... there's plenty of time for the Democrats to figure out how many votes they need to overcome any threatening majority... and go get them; manufacture them.

WTF would vote for Al Franken? Elizabeth Warren? Governor Moonbeam? Barry Soetoro?

18 posted on 02/05/2013 5:59:17 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Absolution Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Charges Stick)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Boy, you nailed it Kenny....
I was thinking this too...
Just harder to cover up on a local scale...hence the House stayed majority Pub...
I’d throw in Kaine too as a WTF would vote for the professional pol POS.


19 posted on 02/05/2013 6:05:46 AM PST by matginzac
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To: chimera

I don’t think THIS stuff will kill him in Virginia - when I saw the headline I thought it was going to be abortion related.

Anything in the book about abortion can and will be used to kill him in Virginia with women in Northern Virginia.


20 posted on 02/05/2013 6:14:21 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: matginzac

Based on the truly enormous lines to vote here in Arlington, I assure you those votes weren’t manufactured.

There are just simply millions of people in Northern Virginia with an utterly different and incomprehensible world view than you. It’s not a very realistic strategy to just scream “vote fraud” and try to pretend those people don’t exist.


21 posted on 02/05/2013 6:16:33 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: neverdem
Playing in Cuccinelli’s favor: In Virginia, voters traditionally vote against the president’s party in gubernatorial elections.

Virginia voters traditionally voted for a Republican for president, too. But that's gone out the window for the last two elections. We're at a point now where nobody really knows what the Virginia voters will do, especially if Bolling runs as an independent.

22 posted on 02/05/2013 6:32:23 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Strategerist; matginzac
....try to pretend those people don’t exist....

Of course they exist. But so does MASSIVE fraud. Add up the votes in suspicious districts, O say, those many well-documented precincts that had close to 100% (or embarrassingly in some few cases, better!) turnout in 2012, with '0' votes for Romney-Ryan, or the many instances where more votes than registrations are counted.

To the ever-present "urban fraud," you can now add "virtual" latino voters, duly registered, issued "absentee ballots" in vast numbers and are voted as often and in as many precincts as needed.

You are talking people. I am talking real numbers that only peripherally involve the people who actually identify themselves with the Left. Instructional history exercise: research "Loretta Sanchez," or "Rossi in the State of Washington," or "The Election of Al Franken." Or even "The Problem of Multi-State Registration."

23 posted on 02/05/2013 6:37:15 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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To: neverdem
I really like Ken Cuccinelli. He's a good, decent man, with a wonderful family.

However, I strongly disagree with him about the centerpieces of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. They are not at all constitutional.

James Madison, the father of our Constitution, said it best:

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents." "The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."

The institution of these agencies and programs was the turning of our form of government on its head. It was, in fact, a coup d'etat.

We will never restore or preserve this free republic unless we find the will to overturn the New Deal.

24 posted on 02/05/2013 6:40:39 AM PST by EternalVigilance (God rules, without remorse.)
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To: Strategerist

OK, I get you...
But if you consider, for example, what happened in Allen West’s district (which is going to court, by the way) and in FL in general - not reporting Miami-Dade until after the results in the Panhandle are reported or Philly voter misconduct or Franken’s ability to conjure up votes and incidents like that.
Yes, it sounds paranoid but I think seeing long lines at the polls and thinking it translates to overwhelming support for Obozo and his policies might be a little naive..
Don’t you wish someone would have conducted a thorough investigation so one of us could be proven wrong?
On a personal note, my precinct’s voting place was changed from a fire station to a black Baptist church the last few elections...no explanation for this...nice place, nice people...but this last election had my neighbor getting phone calls from the NAACP for the first time ever...his phone number is unlisted...interesting, no?


25 posted on 02/05/2013 6:42:57 AM PST by matginzac
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To: Strategerist

And not to pile on too much more...
I would have felt so much better about your discussion points if you had said, “....incomprehensible world view than US....”
Rather than, “...YOU...”.


26 posted on 02/05/2013 6:49:09 AM PST by matginzac
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To: neverdem; sleepy_hollow; Mad Dawg; EDINVA; JPG; Hawthorn; Paisan; ConservativeOrBust; ...

Virginia Ping! If you want on or off the Virginia Ping List, please freepmail me.

27 posted on 02/05/2013 6:56:29 AM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Kenny Bunk

I know....what was I thinking? I was applying how we’d vote to “the other side”. As Spock would say, “Totally illogical”.


28 posted on 02/05/2013 6:59:29 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
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To: Strategerist

One last post to you then I’ll leave you alone, FRiend...
How about this:

http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/05/joe-biden-tells-david-cameron-re-election-was-easy-nothing-to-it/

Granted, it’s Biden but kind of interesting he’d say this....


29 posted on 02/05/2013 7:17:18 AM PST by matginzac
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To: Libloather; neverdem; leprechaun9
PARA-MILITARY DEMOCRATS ON THE MARCH ----A RELIC OF THE CIVIL WAR Carpetbaggers---Northern invaders into the South ----were prominent in politics until 1875, but nearly all left under pressure from the Red Shirts and White Liners -----white paramilitary organizations, then-described as "the military arm of the Democratic Party", working openly to violently overthrow Republican rule, using intimidation and assassination to turn Republicans out of office and suppress freedmen's (former slaves) voting.

The Republican sheriff of Yazoo, Mississippi, received a brief flurry of national attention when insurgent white Democrats took over the county government and forced him to flee. (WIKI)

================================================

FREEPER ACTION MEMO In 1875, Hiram Revels, a Mississippi Republican--and the first African-American US Senator--wrote to then-Pres Ulysses S. Grant denouncing Northern invaders into the post-Civil War south for manipulating the Black vote for personal benefit, and for keeping alive wartime hatreds. (WIKI)

Conservatives need to get others to do the heavy lifting---someone with integrity, like Fla Cong Allen West (not reelected). Cong West needs to do the following:

(1) decry the agitation and intimidation tactics being used by para-military Democrats,

(2) expose Dems using hatemongering for personal gain,

(3) emphasize the illegalities WRT threatening candidates for public office , and,

(4) precipitate investigations into Dems' para-miltary tactics.

30 posted on 02/05/2013 7:41:05 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz

Even more proof why Ken Cuccinelli is the RIGHT CHOICE for Governor!!!


31 posted on 02/05/2013 10:07:50 AM PST by Gopher Broke (Repeal Obamacare !!)
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To: neverdem

Republicans need a few Lee Atwater types. He may have been despicable in many ways, but he sure knew how to fight the Dems game. The only halfway decent fighters in the GOP today are good only at infighting. Pathetic.


32 posted on 02/05/2013 1:35:45 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA

You can say that again. So many pubbies are natural wusses.


33 posted on 02/05/2013 3:28:34 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: Frank_2001

I tend to align with your viewpoint that it (ss) is an obligation, but I recall reading about the case of Fleming vs. Nestor (1960) wherein the USSC ruled that there is no contractual obligation in the way social security was set up that constitutes a contractual obligation of the government to pay benefits. They basically ruled that payments into social security were a form of tax, and that disbursements were essentially welfare. That is for social security. Yet today things like food stamps, aid to families with dependent children (i.e., “welfare”), are viewed as “rights”. The whole damned system has gone mad.


34 posted on 02/05/2013 3:37:54 PM PST by chimera
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To: EDINVA

Lee later apologized to Dukakis for running a successful campaign against the Democrat. He died not too long afterwards. GHWB did not attend Atwater’s funeral.


35 posted on 02/05/2013 3:52:31 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Frank_2001; All

In 1983 during the Reagan administration, both parties agreed that there should be a cap on Social Security at the 90% level (that is at the level where only 10% of all income earned was above that level). Unfortunately, they have been increasing the cap figure by the Cost of Living figure, but earnings at the upper levels instead of increasing by 2 or 3% a year have typically been jumping something like 16% a year. Thus for a number of years the cap has hovered around the 85% level and even lower now. If this cap were restored to the 90% level, this would significantly increase the money going to Social Security and it was a bipartisan agreement. So SS would be saved for a number of years in spite of baby boomers.


36 posted on 02/06/2013 12:52:00 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: neverdem

I’m liking this guy. The one thing he cannot do is “apologize”.


37 posted on 02/06/2013 12:58:09 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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