Biden frames Virginia governor's election as race against the tea party
November 4th, 2013
11:50 AM ET
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Biden frames Virginia governor's election as race against the tea party

(CNN) – Campaigning for Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee in Virginia's gubernatorial race, Vice President Joe Biden depicted Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli as a puppet of the tea party and framed the race as a referendum on the conservative grassroots movement, one day before voters head to the polls on Election Day.

"I'm not just here for Terry. I'm not just here because I'm a Democrat. I'm here because this race matters well beyond the state of Virginia," Biden said Monday at a campaign event in Annandale, Virginia.

"It's the first major race between the forces and faces of the new Republican tea party, a tea party whose social recidivism is outdone only by its hostility to science and technology, innovation and scholarship," he continued.

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A new Quinnipiac poll released Monday showed McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, ahead of Cuccinelli, the commonwealth's attorney general, by six percentage points, 46%-40%.

While Cuccinelli has strong support among grassroots conservatives, he has struggled to unite the Republican base. The new poll shows only 85% of the GOP backs Cuccinelli, while 93% of Democrats support McAuliffe.

Biden argued the tea party's motto should be "back to the future" and their goal is to undo progress. As for Cuccinelli himself, the vice president said the attorney general "has views that are completely antitheses to where this country has to go."

While Democrats are trying to make the race about the tea party, Cuccinelli's campaign and supporters argue the contest is more of a referendum on the federal health care law, as it undergoes a rocky roll-out this fall.

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The vice president also hammered Cuccinelli on women's issues and his support of legislation that critics argue lead to restrictions against abortion and some forms of birth control. Democrats have zeroed in on the topic during the campaign, but Cuccinelli maintains he has never gone after personal choices about contraception.

Regardless, polls indicate a significant gender gap among likely women voters, a crucial voting bloc in Virginia. According to the Quinnipiac poll, 50% of women back McAuliffe, while 36% support Cuccinelli.

As the author of the Violence Against Women Act, Biden harpooned Cuccinelli for not signing a letter of support to reauthorize the legislation.

Cuccinelli's campaign says the attack, which has been used before to paint Cuccinelli as weak on women's issues, is unfair. His website states it's the attorney general office's policy not to sign letters with a position on legislation, "regardless of the subject."

Combating the attacks, Cuccinelli points to his record of devoting staff to fight human trafficking and "protect women from entering into forced sexual servitude," his website states. It also highlights a national program he started in college of student-to-student sexual assault prevention, called "S.A.F.E."

"Vice President Joe Biden’s visit and rhetoric today in favor of Terry McAuliffe encapsulates a campaign for governor on the part of Democrats littered with absurdities and falsehoods. Biden is the poster boy for the failures of this administration and its lies concerning ObamaCare," Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix said in a statement.

Biden on Monday strongly urged supporters to get out the vote for McAuliffe, warning "there's only one place the tea party can compete with us and that is they do turn out their base."

"Don't be one of those people who worked all this time to elect Terry and this ticket – don't be going to bed on Tuesday night thinking, 'If I had knocked on 10 more doors, if I had knocked on 20 more doors, if I had taken 5 more people to the polls.' You don't want to be there and you can't let the nation get there," he added.

The vice president was the latest high profile figure to campaign for McAuliffe. President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have also hit the trail for the Democrat.

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Also Monday, Cuccinelli has a high profile guest of his own when former Rep. Ron Paul, a three-time presidential candidate who has a strong following among Libertarian voters, campaigns for the Attorney General at a rally in Richmond.

Tuesday night's winner will succeed Republican incumbent Gov. Bob McDonnell, who's not running for re-election because Virginia's governors are not allowed to serve consecutive terms.

– CNN's Chloe Sommers contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2013 • Joe Biden • Ken Cuccinelli • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Very smart vp. We love you, joe. True, though!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. just saying

    Campaigning for Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee in Virginia's gubernatorial race, Vice President Joe Biden depicted Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli as a puppet of the tea party and framed the race as a referendum on the conservative grassroots movement, one day before voters head to the polls on Election Day.
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    hey joe, mcauliffe is a puppet of the far left progressive/socialist/communist democrat party. make sure you don't leave that part out joe.

    November 4, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Southeast

    Vote all teapuppets out.

    November 4, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Cuccinelli is everything Virginians despise. The Tea Queda government shutdown hurt Virginians the most. Well we've got news for Cuccinelli and the rest of Tea Queda: YOUR TIME IS UP!!!

    November 4, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Just . . . – You should not use words you don't know the meaning of. Just sayin'.

    November 4, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. HenryMiller

    "...Biden depicted Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli as a puppet of the tea party and framed the race as a referendum on the conservative grassroots movement..."

    Actually, the Tea Parties don't do puppets; they quite straightforwardly offer candidates support for supporting liberty and condemnation for supporting the Nanny-state tyranny of the left.

    And in fact the Virginia race is a referendum on the evolving disaster of Obamacare: can Democrats be trusted to do anything without screwing it up and costing the country billions of dollars?

    November 4, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "hey joe, mcauliffe is a puppet of the far left progressive/socialist/communist democrat party. make sure you don't leave that part out joe."

    You know, you could just write "derp" and save a whole lot of time and typing.

    November 4, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Data Driven

    "Social recidivism" (?). Perhaps he meant something else? I might have used "backwards policies", which is probably what he meant to say.

    In any case, he's right about this race being a national referendum. I'm not hearing that local issues - beyond the ultrasound mandate - are getting much play. (Virginians: please correct me if I'm wrong.). Lots of out-of-state money and lots of appearances from outside politicos have made this race about two things: the "tea party", and Obamacare.

    Tomorrow night, we'll discover which way the weathervane is pointing for 2014.

    November 4, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Steve Hamilton

    The poll numbers continue to look good for McAuliffe, and I think Biden is right in his categorization of the large meaning of this race. Given the large impact on the families of Virginia resulting from the shutdown and lousy national approval rating of the Tea Party, McAuliffe should win. Let's all hope so.

    November 4, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. The Truth Hurts

    Do you mean the Tea Party that tried to tell the American people the truth about Oamacare and healthcare.gov Joe? That Tea Party? Yup – we have to keep an eye on them – they are WAY too honest with people! We wouldn't want honesty and accountability sneaking into the government, now would we?

    Again – ever notice how the comments shift to the left here as the day goes on? Seems the the left leaners are finally rolling out of bed......LOL

    November 4, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    The Truth Hurts

    Do you mean the Tea Party that tried to tell the American people the truth about Oamacare and healthcare.gov Joe? That Tea Party?
    ------------------
    He means the Tea Party that warned us against death panels, which turns out to be a board of two dozen people who could not possibly make millions of health care decisions per day, seven days a week. The board has no power. Its' only purpose is to review how well the ACA is working and make recommendations to the Congress.

    November 4, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Donna

    This election is about the lies and deceit of the Democrat Party versus the honesty of the Republican Party. Obama and the Democrats have lied to the American people repeatedly over the last 5 years. If you want more lies and debacles like Obamacare, Benghazi, IRS, NSA, Fats & Furious, etc. keeping voting for the party of lies and deceit, the Democrats. They even lied face to face with the families of the 4 Americans killed in Benghazi due to the total incompetence of Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration. They simply do not care sand will sink as low as is necessary to keep power.

    Your decision Virginia.

    November 4, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Data Driven

    The Truth Hurts,

    "Again – ever notice how the comments shift to the left here as the day goes on? Seems the the left leaners are finally rolling out of bed......LOL"

    Yeah, you said that last week under your "A True Conservative" handle.

    It's kind of funny that you operate on at least two - probably more - handles, all the better to spam comment threads with similar talking points ... while accusing others of rolling out of bed late. No late rising for you, clearly: the early sockpuppet catches the worm?

    November 4, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. demonuts

    Hey biden ,why not join Obama care.

    November 4, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Thomas

    @just saying
    Campaigning for Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee in Virginia's gubernatorial race, Vice President Joe Biden depicted Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli as a puppet of the tea party and framed the race as a referendum on the conservative grassroots movement, one day before voters head to the polls on Election Day.
    -–

    hey joe, mcauliffe is a puppet of the far left progressive/socialist/communist democrat party. make sure you don't leave that part out joe.

    =======

    Far left progressive/socialist/communist democrat party. What about death panels , drug addicts and welfare vermin ?

    Your slipping in your closed minded no new ideas obstructionist vocabulary !

    November 4, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Ol' Yeller

    just sprayin'
    "hey joe, mcauliffe is a puppet of the far left progressive/socialist/communist democrat party. make sure you don't leave that part out joe."

    Hahahahaaha... another post about the "progressive/socialist/communist democrat party" by just sprayin' because his dark side party is losing yet another election. Keep it up... I think if you all keep going negative and keep being ignorant you may be extinct by 2020. That would be nice...

    November 4, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. ladyjag

    Anyone if you are a woman i hope you understand a REPUBLICAN for governor,we will go back before the sufferage movement. The REPUBLICANS for some reason pick on women, apparently the REPUBLICANS think we are no longer the voting booth. I am voting for a DEMOCRAT this time.

    November 4, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Obama and the Democrats have lied to the American people repeatedly over the last 5 years.
    ----------------------------------------------–
    -Weapons of Mass Destruction
    -We'll be greeted as liberators
    -Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

    Lies you say?

    November 4, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Thomas

    @Donna
    This election is about the lies and deceit of the Democrat Party versus the honesty of the Republican Party. Obamacare, Benghazi, IRS, NSA, Fats & Furious, etc. keeping voting for the party of lies and deceit, the Democrats.

    ========

    Fats and Furious ?

    Sounds like an all you can eat Teaparty fast food restaurant !

    November 4, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    "...We wouldn't want honesty and accountability sneaking into the government, now would we?"
    --–
    Well, we don't have to worry about that happening with the Teapublicans, now do we?
    Don't look for class, character, and human compassion either.
    What you will find are certain demands being made by this group for the defunding of things that help the
    poor, the children, the elderly, and people in general, all based on nonsense. ie,

    EPA
    SNAP
    NEA
    ACA
    etc.

    But they will keep the oil company subsidies, increase the war department funding, etc.

    Yep, "we have to keep an eye on them" for sure!

    November 4, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. rs

    The Truth Hurts

    Do you mean the Tea Party that tried to tell the American people the truth about Oamacare and healthcare.gov Joe? That Tea Party? Yup – we have to keep an eye on them – they are WAY too honest with people! We wouldn't want honesty and accountability sneaking into the government, now would we?
    _______________________________
    No, the TEA Party (funded by the Kochs) that shut down the government for two weeks, and voted for America to default on its Full-Failth and Credit- which would have caused national if not international financial mayhem. No, sir, it is a referencdum against the anti-government, anti-American TEA Party.

    November 4, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Donna

    This election is about the lies and deceit of the Democrat Party versus the honesty of the Republican Party.
    ----------------------
    Which election? Americans voted decisively against Republicans in 2012. Americans will vote against Republicans in 2014. America will vote against Republicans for as long as they have people wearing tricorn hats in the midst.

    Americans did not like "The Great Sucker Punch" that Republicans pulled in 2010. They campaigned on "jobs, jobs, jobs". They were rewarded with landslide victories. But, as soon as they were sworn in, "jobs, jobs, jobs" was forgotten about. Suddenly, it was "radical, right wing, social engineering" in every state run by Republicans.

    November 4, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Fats and Furious ?

    Sounds like an all you can eat Teaparty fast food restaurant !"

    I was always partial to "False and Frivolous" or perhaps "False and Spurious." The facts that came out showed what really happened, and it didn't really fit the narrative that the GOP/Teatrolls were desperately selling and were trying to manufacture with their kangaroo court hearings in the House.

    November 4, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Denise

    Just now rolling out of bed? lol What does your boss think of you waiting on the line 24/7 to speak to Rush? Doesn't it hurt your drive through customers? Want fries with that!!

    November 4, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Denise

    Are these folks watching reruns of Dallas? Did they sleep though last November?

    November 4, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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