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.

McAuliffe ahead on eve of Election Day

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.

Obama stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia governor’s race

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. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thanks Data!
    I may not be able to send in the huge contributions, but I have been known to put my time where my mouth (and typing fingers!) are.
    Plus it is fun, fresh air, you meet new people, and I get out of cooking dinner at home!

    November 4, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Do you mean the Tea Party that tried to tell the American people the truth about Oamacare and Joe? "

    "Truths" like "death panels" and "pull the plug on grandma" and "it will increase the deficit"? Yeah...go back to your coloring books and watching Faux News while shrooming.

    November 4, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    I wonder if the RWNJs know you can almost see the Cuban Cruz mansion from Key West.

    November 4, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Trust us, the Iraq war will pay for itself in the oil we will get.

    November 4, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Donna

    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
    Have Bill & Hillary Clinton explain this to you since a lot of that intel was developed when they were in the White House. Numerous quotes out there to prove it too. Don't be too lazy to Google them!

    -We'll be greeted as liberators
    And many did greet us as liberators. The Kurds and all of the people that Hussein and his minority were murdering by the tens of thousands.

    -Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
    ???? Jobs? But Obama and the Democrats have borrowed and spent trillions over the last 5 years on every gimmick in the world. Why ois there still a jobs problem and record unemployment even after 5 years? Answrer: Because Obama and the Democrats don't have a clue about what it takes to great a robust economy and the jobs that come with it. They forced Obamacare down our throats and that is the biggest jobs killer in our history. But that doesn't matter to the Democrats.

    Lies you say?
    Yes, far too many to list and now the American people see Obama and the Democrats for what they are, lying deceitful con artists that will do and say anything, including lying deceiving, using the IRS to target opponents, violating the law, disregarding the law, etc.

    November 4, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    I reread the republican health care plan again today, still zero pages, put together by some of the finest minds of the GOP. Will the GOP ever do a single thing to help Americans? Answer -Not in this generation.

    November 4, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Denise

    Why don't right wing clowns like Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck run for something? Maybe they could be elected dogcatcher in dittohead neighborhoods. Whenever they come out from behind the curtain, they make a fool of themselves and have to go back to their bubble.

    November 4, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Denise

    Please proceed on Benghazi!

    November 4, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. acdcguy

    Biden, high profile ?? That's pretty funny since he just came out of hiding.....

    November 4, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Name Jjmcgo

    Virginia Lt. Gov. candidate Ralph Northam, an antebellum Democrat, refused to shake the hands of his opponent E.W. Jackson, a black man who is a Marine, Harvard-educated lawyer and Christian minister, at the end of a television debate.

    November 4, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Donna

    Rudy NYC
    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.

    A total lie. Republicans retained control of the House even with Obama at the top of the Democrat ticket. Republicans also control and run more state legislatures and governorships than Democrats. Not sure what fantasy land you live in but in the real world Republicans are doing just fine. Christie will win re-election in a very blue state. I know that must grate on your nerves doesn't it?

    Americans will vote against Republicans in 2014
    Not after Obamacre and all the lies told by the Liar-in-Chief and tens of millions lose the healthcare plans they were told they could keep only to find out they were lied to. And then there are the millions and millions that will se their healthcare costs sky rocket after they were told they would go down $2500 a year. And then there are the millions that will have their hours cut or lose their jobs because of perverse Obamacare provisions. Democrats think the slaughter of 2010 was bad? HA!! Wait until 2014 when Obamacare comes home to roost for the Democrats.

    November 4, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "You know, you could just write "derp" and save a whole lot of time and typing"
    "No late rising for you, clearly: the early sockpuppet catches the worm?"
    "Fats and Furious ?
    Sounds like an all you can eat Teaparty fast food restaurant !"
    That's it babes!
    When they spew their ridiculous talking points flip the script on them!

    November 4, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. anonymous

    When did they let Crazy Joe out of his padded cell??? They've been keeping him under tight wraps lately given all of the disasters Obama has brought upon us. I wonder how Crazy Joe likes the latest revelations that Obama had looked into replacing him on the ticket in 2012? Yeah, better watch your back Joe! You're in with a bunch of back stabbers that would throw their own mother under a buss to get what they wanted.

    November 4, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama: "I've been out in Woodbridge canvassing and registering folks. That's a hike for me Dutch. I hope our efforts will pay off tomorrow and that Viriginia will go Blue.

    Hear! Hear!

    Indeed, your efforts WILL pay off and you and others can and should be very proud of yourselves. I know I am (as always) proud of you.

    November 4, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Democrat Party - Bought and paid for by Socialist-Communist Billionaire George Soros

    Yes, the Democrat Party, the bough and paid for puppet party of George Soros and the hundreds of millions he pumps into them. Or are they the puppet party of the unions that do the same thing? Democrats are the masters of puppetry!

    November 4, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Mel

    I thought McAuliffe had a commanding lead in the polls? Then why are Obama, Biden and Clinton campaigning for him? Maybe McAilffe's lead is not big after all.

    November 4, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Oh come on... will you EVER stop? What you're saying is that the only thing that needs to be fixed with this website is the ability to log on? Really????? How did the phone operators log on? And why has it taken a MONTH to fix a logging on problem?? You've come up with some doozies, but this one takes the cake.
    Quit while you're ahead. Obviously, they are not logged on as your average user. They're probably logged on as "operators" or some other type of power user. The point is that I doubt they are logged in as clients.
    Keep digging yourself deeper... a "power user" or "operator" would need to have all of the functionality of the "average user" and probably a lot more... so if the system can't work for the lowest common denominator, it can't possibly work for something greater. But by all means... here's a shovel, and you're in the hole anyway... please proceed...

    November 4, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It

    "Hey biden ,why not join Obama care."
    Interesting point by you. Could it be that Obamacare is not good enough for the ruling elite but is OK for the peasants?
    Be careful, revolutions have started because of this kind governmental tyranny.

    November 4, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. true USA

    hey Just Saying ,,, you guys from 1950s, trying to framing that progressive, socialist and communist as a BAD for the nation. Come on, your ultimate propaganda is to promote crazy capitalism where USA most of average American are suffering (I bed not you guys)..... Please do not me MAD,

    November 4, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Stuffit

    GTA,in Tunica, Ms. It is how McAuliffe rolls.

    November 4, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It

    -Weapons of Mass Destruction
    -We'll be greeted as liberators
    -Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
    For the Democrats, Obamacare is going to be their MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, no WMD in Iraq and we will be greeted as liberators moment. The Republicans paid dearly for that fiasco. The Democrats will be pay for the Obamacare disaster. Every Democrat is inextricably tied to Obamacare.

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Where are all of the jobs that Obama promised? He has been in office for over five years.

    November 4, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. NameFrank Deery

    Don't the bungling Bobsey Twins, Obama/Biden, have a disasterous Health Care issue to attend to? Ciccinelli, as Va AG,
    saw this fiasco coming. Early on. I mean, Virginia, do you really want a Clinton/Obama
    toadie, McAuliffe, as your Governor?? Higher taxes and more of the same bungling! How long has he been a Va resident?

    November 4, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. jboh

    I see "just sayin" is carrying the Koch roaches' water again for the far right,backward looking, dominionist, totalitarian, TEA/GOP. What he /she has is zero credibility.

    November 4, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. A True Conservative

    Quick!! Does anybody on the Dem side know tat 'ol Joe is out there talking in public.....right before an election? Good Lord!! Get him back in DC and under control before he blows the whole thing.....

    November 4, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    Go Joe, the teaklans want to destroy the country.

    November 4, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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