Republican gubernatorial candidate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, speaks during a gubernatorial forum at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Cuccinelli is facing Democrat Terry McAuliffe in November's election.
As Virginia’s gubernatorial race rounds the last curve, Republican Ken Cuccinelli is trying to gain momentum by focusing on problems with the federal health care reform.
President Obama won Virginia twice, but his approval rating has sunk since last year’s election. Republicans are now hoping to tap into that growing dissatisfaction. They think glitches with Healthcare.gov are providing the opening they’ve been looking for. As he criss-crosses the state leading up to Election Day, Republican Ken Cuccinelli is asking voters to make Tuesday’s vote a referendum on so-called Obamacare.
“We’ve got a President Obama, big government sycophant in Terry McAuliffe who’s ready to tell doctors what they can and can’t do and, folks, pretty soon they’ll be telling those doctors how they can and can’t treat you," he said.
Polls show Cuccinelli is behind in the race. Pat Mullins, chairman of Virginia’s Republican Party, says he thinks national trends are impacting voters.
“When they were concentrating on the government being closed that was a negative to our side, and I thought once they reopen the government it’s all going to shift to Obamacare and when it does it’s going to swing our direction because then the horror stories are going to come out, the rate increases, the deductibles that have come into play," he says.
Cuccinelli is spending this last day of the campaign stumping with Florida Senator Marco Rubio and former presidential candidate Ron Paul, who the campaign hopes will help them siphon off votes from Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis.