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McAuliffe Criticizes Cuccinelli On Domestic Abuse

Virginia gubernatorial candidates Democrat Terry McAuliffe, left, and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli talk before a Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate in McLean, Va.
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Virginia gubernatorial candidates Democrat Terry McAuliffe, left, and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli talk before a Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate in McLean, Va.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe is criticizing Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli for not backing the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.

McAuliffe and Democrats have been relentless in criticizing Cuccinelli's record on women's issues during the campaign, and the results of a new Washington Post poll show McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli 58 percent to 34 percent among women.

McAuliffe said Tuesday that it's yet another issue where Cuccinelli is way outside the mainstream.

Cuccinelli was one of three attorneys general who did not join a bipartisan push to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Cuccinelli says he does not sign such letters endorsing legislation because the bill can be amended.

Former President Bill Clinton, joining his longtime pal and former Democratic National Committee chairman, says that reasoning doesn't pass the smell test.

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