Virginia governor candidate blasts Obamacare in GOP weekly address
October 19th, 2013
10:50 AM ET
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Virginia governor candidate blasts Obamacare in GOP weekly address

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.

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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. rs

    Every day that GOPpers perpetuate their lies about the ACA, and the more days that pass where people discover how much cheaper health insurance is (except, perhaps in states where the GOP barred medicaid expansion, or schemed against the ACA), their lies are exposed, over, and over, and over.

    The GOP is a house of cards.

    October 19, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Mike

    As an attorney general he should recognize that the Supreme Court ruled on the matter already.

    As an attorney general he can't speak about over-reaching government...he went as far as changing the logo of his office because it offended HIM. If you google him, you will find numerous crazy things he has said while in office and as a candidate. No person should care what this wacko bird thinks.

    October 19, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. maf

    Telling lies ad nauseum may make it sound true to some, but it's still a LIE!
    This whole GOP schtick has become boring and tiresome. Let the ACA either
    work (for the good of all) or fail (for the good of the GOP).
    $24 billion to shut the government for 2 weeks should be paid back by the Conservative
    Super Pacs who are now even more determined to fight a fight that doesn't exist!

    This will be a truly difficult time for those GOP candidates up for re-election!!

    October 19, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. the hippies were right

    FACT: My son recently turned 26, so I was no longer able to carry him on my family policy. He is a full time student and can only work part-time. He went to the Healthcare website and within minutes after inputting some basic information he had an estimated monthly premium. It was very quick and easy. He then left the website and will make his decision later. There is a 1 800# that can be used when the website is down. This again is the typical negative misleading hype that the right thrives on to sway people to their side, and the dumb know no difference.

    October 19, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. ST

    Come on Cuccinelli, Rome was not built in one day. It took centuries. So does ACA. It will take time rectifying here and there until the programme works efficiently to each and every individual.

    October 19, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Stuffit

    I know they won't, but the liberally biased media should take a look at the GTA embezzlement/theft that McAuliffe/Clinton perpetrated on the Federal and local governments. They both should be in jail, not running for governor and stealing more, but this has become a corrupt Obamanation. Remember that the president told us that just because we raise the debt limit, that doesn't mean it will rise. Congress did it and the next day it rose 328 billion dollars.

    October 19, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. freedom

    "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." He's just stating a fact.

    October 19, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. newsdreamer

    This guy is the worst. He is just a crooked Attorney General, who just recently purged 70,000 voters from voting. He is stacking the number of voters who could vote against him. He cannot win a fair election.

    October 19, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. A Kickin' Donkey

    Translation: I now realize that I am going to LOSE the VA Governor race and am repositioning to go on the dole as a T-partier that can run for some obscure congressional district.

    October 19, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    26 red state governors are trying to ruin the ACA by discouraging their uninsured citizens to sign up. We will change that in 2014 in Florida by sending Rick Scott to the unemployment line.

    October 19, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Cooch has been purging voters in his last attempt to win. I think he will need to purge far more than 70,000 in order to win.

    October 19, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Only republicans know that it is unAmerican to help Americans. They have been on the wrong side of history for 85 years.

    October 19, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Data Driven

    This race is the first test to see how Americans feel about the GOPhers' attempted coup d'etat and crashing of the global economy.

    I don't think it's going to go over very well for Cuccinelli. Last poll I saw, he was down 12 points.

    October 19, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. the hippies were right

    @Stuffit, Your wonderful GOP wanted the shutdown, that is a fact, they have admitted it! The shutdown cost us $24 billion dollars. Do you feel your corrupt politicians should be in jail too? Does your fair and balanced media want a hearing to look into your parties unethical behavior? Funny how the definition of liberal biased media to you people is "anyone who says what I don't want to hear".

    October 19, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    The GOP ought to change their motto to.....

    The GOP doubling and tripling down on stupid.

    October 19, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. wendel

    this clown not only is running for governor but he is also state attorney general looking for voter fraud. Hum guess he has already found some and they just happen to be democratic districts. How is that working for you???? Republicans are basically crooks and thieves who will lie about health care even if is was a republican idea.

    October 19, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Ken Cuccinelli , large contributions from Heritage Foundation and FreedomWorks ! We will never know how much , they don't have to say .

    The Fall of the Heritage Foundation and the Death of Republican Ideas
    How the Heritage Foundation went from the intellectual backbone of the conservative movement to the GOP's bane - and how it's hurting the party's hopes for a turnaround

    Ted Cruz / Sarah Palin
    Jim DeMint , President of the Heritage Foundation !

    October 19, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. VET-2

    Its not about the ACA! Its not about taxes! The fact is the president favored his fathers genes and came out darker than expected and so, he is hated by the teapublicans. Had Raphael Cruz favored his fathers genes, he would be having the same issues. He was lucky, he favored his moms genes and so came out of her legs white and now calls himself Ted to seal the deal. This is a hateful and cruel bunch and all of them have to be voted out of office

    October 19, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    These people really can't learn from their mistakes or losses can they"
    This from the man who took the ACA case to the SCOTUS and was LOST.
    This from the man who wanted pregnant women to have and pay for unnecessary va ginal probes.
    This from the man who doesn't think women should be allowed to leave their a us ice husbands.
    This from the man who took favors which included private jet trips and island vacation homes and thought that by giving $18K to a charity if would absolve him.
    This from a man who is part of the voter purge in VA.

    October 19, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Phelix Unger

    What can you say, his last line about corporations is just stupid. America isn't about corporations who continue to reap the rewards of hard working individuals and pay those people as little as possible. Corporate America was behind the shut down and will be back at it in two or three months. This debt cieling law has to go the way of the dodo. Its the one thing that keeps corporations in control of the countries future, and they don't care about the people, just the bottom line. People like this moron are kept afloat and alive by big business, Americans have to wake up and say enough is enough. Stop fighting each other and start working together, the corporate idea is to divide and conquer and their pretty good at it especially in the political arena.

    October 19, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. MaryM

    Ha, the Cucch is Done and he knows it. Americans are witnessing the Death Throes of the GOP/TP Party

    October 19, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Name

    They want the Hhs Secretary to come before congress next week but too bad she will never, those clowns don't get it, they shut the government down for 16 days shame on them, the website for the health care will cause 300 million and they are saying is too much what about the 24 billions you just cause the tax payers with your stupidity

    October 19, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Tom

    Blah, blah, blah. Another day, another Tea Party wacko rails against the ACA. Let's just see how Ken Cuccinelli does in the election.

    October 19, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Gunderson

    Now old Gunderson ask why anyone rag Obama Care. Everyone know it best thing ever come down pike. Pretty soon Nanny State complete. Everybody up on easy street.Just like old Soviet Union.

    October 19, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. jackName

    Instead of complaining what do you have that is better as I thought nothing idoit tea party and republicans before you complain come up with a better plan

    October 19, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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