Virginia Democrats attack Cuccinelli for comparing abortion to slavery, Civil War
October 17th, 2013
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Virginia Democrats attack Cuccinelli for comparing abortion to slavery, Civil War

Updated 10:06 p.m. ET, 10/17/2013

(CNN) – Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is coming under fire from Virginia Democrats once again for his statements on abortion.

In an interview this week with conservative news organization Newsmax, Cuccinelli responded to criticism about a year-old video in which he said God would impose judgment on the United States for allowing abortion.


In the interview, Cuccinelli blasted Democratic attacks on his anti-abortion views while comparing abortion to the evils of slavery.

“If you go back to Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War, he looked at the Civil War as a sort of a national penance for slavery; the evil of slavery and letting it go on. And the founders knew how bad it was. We have other things in this country today and abortion is one of them,” the state attorney general told Newsmax.

“It’s certainly one of those things, I want to work us towards a culture of life, where everybody respects life.”
Cuccinelli’s comments “may be his most extreme ever,” the Virginia Democratic Party said in a statement highlighting an NBC4 report on what Cuccinelli said this week and what he said a year ago.

Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe has focused most of his attacks on Cuccinelli’s conservative views, particularly on abortion. McAuliffe, a businessman and former Democratic National Committee chair, has sought to label Cuccinelli as a “tea party extremist,” whose views are too far to the right for the increasingly purple Virginia.

“Ken Cuccinelli is showing voters who he really is,” Virginia Democrats spokesman Brian Coy said in the statement.
“These extreme, dangerous and offensive statements should have no place in our politics, much less our governor’s mansion.”

With three weeks until the election, McAuliffe leads Cuccinelli in opinion polls by single digits.

UPDATE: A spokesman from the Cuccinelli campaign reached out to CNN with the following comment.

"It's no secret that Ken Cuccinelli is proudly pro life. However, his focus as governor will be to implement his jobs plan which will create 58,000 jobs and ease burdens for middle class families," said. Richard T. Cullen.

–CNN’s Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    What is it with the GOP likening everything to slavery? Last week it was Obamacare, this week it's abortion.

    Sorry Cucchi but having children you can't afford to take care of is more like slavery. Making minimum wage, that's more like slavery.

    October 17, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Ken Cuccinelli stands for TeaParty with milk !

    October 17, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. Guest

    If you really want freedom and liberty, you need to vote for Democrats. Why do these whackos want to meddle in everyone elses's lives?

    October 17, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. rs

    Cuccinelli is just another crazy Republican whose beliefs and ideas are well out of the mainstream. He may as well join the Taliban.

    October 17, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    The Cooch has led and used tax payer money to take the ACA to the Supreme Court because he disagreed with women getting health services, he championed invasive procedures, and now this. What an idiot.

    October 17, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  6. mikeb

    That's nothing . Here in Texas we have two conservatives running for governor so far . David Dewhurst is lieutenant governor . He said President Obama should be impeached , but he trotted out Benghazi and the start of the ACA , all the right wing fake crisis' , nothing of substance . The other , Gregg Abbott , Attorney general , is in a wheelchair , victim of a tree falling on him . He sued , after it happened and recieved a multi-million dollar settlement , yearly lumpsum payments plus , monthly payments . All well and good but , when you consider that with his help , legislation for tort reform was pushed through ensuring that if the accident happened today , he would have recieved a fraction of what he did . Go Terry Mc Auliffe !

    October 17, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Stuffit

    What would really be neat is if the unbiased liberal media would see what Mcauliffe and Clinton scammed to steal Federal and State money in Mississippi. Hopefully he will spend his term as governor in prison and we already know Clinton is a self admitted liar.

    October 17, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. Mr. Moderate

    The founders knew how bad slavery was???? Many of them OWNED slaves. As the rejection of facts and history on the right continues.

    October 17, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thanks for the input. Now stay out of women's private lives.

    October 17, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  10. Evergreen

    Do not fall for that false promise of "jobs." We are still waiting for the jobs jobs jobs the House republicans promised.

    October 17, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. Liz the First

    Forcing a woman to carry an unwanted fetus to term is slavery at its worst! women are not brood mares or farm animals who exist to produce offspring. we are not walking incubators! it is not government's place to force any woman to bear a child. it is not any church's place to tell people who don't belong to it how to act with relation to their own bodies. that goes against everything this country stands for.

    October 17, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  12. buongirno

    my opinion with us moving into the next century is let old dog bones lie where they may waste of precious time and for you hate mongers it sucks to be you

    October 17, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  13. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    If you want to vote for the teamoron party of stupid that just cost US 24 billon dallars out of YOUR pocket , vote for this teaparty garbage of America !!!!!!

    October 17, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  14. SwingState

    The GOP never ceases to amaze. You might as well just hand over the governorship.

    October 17, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    You don't have to worry about god one bit.
    You are keeping women from leaving abusive husbands, you were instrumental in trying to keep millions of Americans from receiving health, ACA, care taking your case to the SCOTUS and you and your buddy, who is still in deep doo doo, wanted pregnant women to pay for an unnecessary va gi nal probe.
    What do you call receiving gifts like private jet flights and island vacations?:

    October 18, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  16. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Like most of the Guns Over People tea potty,just let him keep talking. He will take care of the rest like Akin,Mourdoch did.

    October 18, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  17. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    You really have to be braindead and stupid to vote for the GOP party of stupid, move to somailia and start your own loser country , your not wanted in the USA and buy some new cloths,GOP teaparty slobs!!!!!

    October 18, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  18. smith

    I don`t agree with ken`s statement but dems are always comparing the gop to the confederacy and calling them racist. Maybe its time to get the racecard out of politics.

    October 18, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |