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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli may wanto to focus on the economy during his gubernatorial run, but his opponents would rather put the spotlight on where he stands controversial social issues.
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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli may wanto to focus on the economy during his gubernatorial run, but his opponents would rather put the spotlight on where he stands controversial social issues.

In Virginia, Democrats—and some Republicans—are calling attention to comments about abortion made by Republicans on the ballot this November.

Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wants to focus his gubernatorial campaign on jobs and the economy. But Democrats are eager to talk about social issues like abortion—and now they're partnering with some Republican women to criticize the GOP ticket for comments about abortion.

Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson has compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan. In a 2011 speech, Cuccinelli said he was angry about the location of abortion clinics, asking pastors at black churches to look at a map of where the facilities are located.

"As someone who has worked within the party for many years, I'm completely embarrassed and mortified. Since the convention, Republicans have been saying, 'What were they thinking?'", says former Delegate Katherine Waddell, who has been a member of the Republican Party for years.

Former President of the Virginia Federation of Republican Women Jan Schar agrees. "They have a preoccupation of things that are not important to Virginians on a daily basis. So though I've worked for the Republican Party for years and years, I simply can't support them."

Cuccinelli's campaign denied a request to be interviewed for this story, but issued a written statement Republicans will remain focused on improving the economy and increasing employment rather than getting bogged down in divisive issues.

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