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Terry McAuliffe Misfires In Attack On Ken Cuccinelli

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McAuliffe and Cuccinelli will debate again at least four more times.
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McAuliffe and Cuccinelli will debate again at least four more times.

In Virginia, Democratic candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe is facing new criticism after a debate last weekend with Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Everybody expected the scandal involving undisclosed gifts from a wealthy Virginia businessman to Gov. Bob McDonnell and other officials to play a prominent role in the first debate between Cuccinelli and McAuliffe, but few people expected McAuliffe to characterize a recent report from Richmond commonwealth's attorney Michael Herring as saying that the Cuccinelli should have been prosecuted because, well, that didn't happen.

"These things happen from time to time in politics," says Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. "Last year, you may recall, Mitt Romney made a similar misstep when he talked about when Obama did and didn't use the word 'terrorism' in the debate with Candy Crowley."

McAuliffe was dead wrong when he said the prosecutor said Cuccinelli should have been prosecuted, and now Republicans are attacking the Democrat for being untrustworthy. George Mason University professor Toni-Michelle Travis says McAuliffe should have been on his game.

"When you've got those kinds of errors, the public begins to really question you and that's not good for any candidate," she says.

McAuliffe's campaign declined several requests to be interviewed for this story.

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