Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate in Virginia's 2013 gubernatorial race, gave the GOP weekly address on Saturday and used the opportunity to speak out against the Affordable Care Act.
"Obamacare represents one of the largest and most reckless expansions of government in the more than 200-year history of our nations," Cuccinelli said. "I believe that Obamacare is unconstitutional."
In 2010, Cuccinelli, Virginia's attorney general, filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the health care law. The Supreme Court upheld the law in a ruling last year.
In recent days however, Cuccinelli seemed to back away slightly in his criticism of Obamacare, calling it "the law of the land" and asking that congressional Republicans give up their effort to defund the law in order to end the partial government shutdown.
"It doesn’t mean that it’s all done and we are set and over with it," Cuccinelli said at an event in Fairfax, Virginia, earlier this month, "They don’t even know how they are going to implement it. We are learning a lot as we go here.”
Cuccinelli is locked in a close race against Democrat Terry McAuliffe, and a recent poll indicates the shutdown negatively impacted the Republican's campaign.
Polling shows Cuccinelli is trailing McAuliffe by single digits, and he has struggled to gain support among women. Critics have attacked Cuccinelli for his conservative views on abortion and claim he would act to limit access to contraception.
Cuccinelli's address comes the same day his opponent is scheduled to appear at an event alongside former secretary of state and possible 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
With this address, Cuccinelli is hoping to put the spotlight back on Obamacare and the health care exchanges, the roll-out of which has been plagued by computer glitches that have prevented many from enrolling in health insurance.
"During the debate over this law, citizens in the commonwealth were told they could easily access information about their health care choices and join the system," Cuccinelli said in the address. "Well that proved to be untrue."
Cuccinelli also criticized the law as costly for Virginia businesses and questioned the decision to delay a key provision that requires corporations to provide health insurance to their employees.