Campaigning for Libertarians, Ron Paul stumps for Cuccinelli in VA
November 5th, 2013
01:08 AM ET
5 months ago

Campaigning for Libertarians, Ron Paul stumps for Cuccinelli in VA

Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Hours before the polls open in Virginia, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli enlisted Libertarian hero and former Texas Congressman Ron Paul to speak at a campaign rally in Richmond in a final effort to unite the base.

Supporters who turned out for the late evening event at the Richmond Convention Center embraced a message that focused on Libertarian themes.


"I've done very little travelling and campaigning this time around, but this one I came to because I know your candidate is a defender of liberty," Ron Paul said to a cheering crowd.

The Libertarians are precisely the voters the Republican candidate needs to sway for a win Tuesday. That's because third party candidate, Libertarian Robert Sarvis, is polling at eight percent, according a Quinnipiac poll released Monday.

Cuccinelli, the Virginia attorney general, trails former Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe by six points, according to the same Quinnipiac poll.

The Cuccinelli camp hopes the Paul endorsement will bring those splintered Libertarian voters back into the GOP fold.

McAuliffe's final campaign push included star power appearances Monday from Vice President Joe Biden. President Obama , former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also stumped for him in the final weeks.

The Cuccinelli campaign has framed the election as a referendum on Obamacare and hopes to capitalize on the problem-plagued rollout.

Paul hit that message hard tonight. "This Obamacare is a monster," he said He described Obamacare taxes as "evil", claiming "they are going to create a class warfare."

As Virginia's attorney general, Cuccinelli sued the Obama administration over the Affordable Care Act. A case that was later dismissed.

"We can't repeal it tomorrow, but given the battles across America, the next round for Obamacare is in the states – and we are first up." Cuccinelli told the crowd.

The Cuccinelli campaign continues Tuesday when he casts his vote in his home precinct followed by stops in Northern Virginia.


Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Libertarian Party • Ron Paul • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. basedonfact

    Which wikipedia article did he read this time?

    November 5, 2013 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  2. Thomas

    Ron Paul say's he's a libertarian , his son Rand Paul is Teaparty republican .

    Say no more , they are both phony . Furthermore , Ron paul is an old man with very little understanding of the world outside Texas.

    November 5, 2013 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Hey, Ronny 'n' Rant, name one country where your dog-eat-dog libertarian philosophy resulted in a prosperous, stable economy, thriving middle class, sustainable infrastructure, technological advances, an educated populace and a civil society?

    *crickets*

    November 5, 2013 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  4. Thomas

    Heritage Action, a conservative advocacy group, opposes the bill and last week warned lawmakers that it would include their votes on it in their annual "legislative scorecard."

    Heritage Action charges that the measure would undermine civil liberties, increase government interference in the labor market, and trample on religious liberty.

    November 5, 2013 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  5. Maripil

    Like father like son, both liars and plagiarists in every true sense of the word!! Rand Paul has no shame to disown any of the paragraphs he plagiarized from Wikipedia and other editors and writers alike!!

    November 5, 2013 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    You have to be just plain stupid to vote for any GOP teaparty fool runing for office of any kind . The GOP has done NOTHING for over five years , no jobs no healthcare no nothing . Kick the GOP out of office ASAP for their incompetents and obstruction of EVERYTHING and their 24 billion dallar goverment shutdown LOSS!!!!!

    November 5, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  7. Burt

    Class warfare? Seriously? This coming from the man who, in his last book, said the only way to preserve 'American values' was by home schooling. Then admitted that only about 20% of the population would be able to afford it, and the children of this 'schooling' would become the future leaders of the country. And he says the ACA will contribute to class warfare! Now am I the only person that thinks that he and his ilk are smoking crack? Talk about a hypocrite! In essence he's saying 'we can't have class warfare, unless it's our class who's winning the war'!

    November 5, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  8. A Kickin' Donkey

    Republicans and true "Libertarians" don't believe in the same things. An intellectually honest Ron Paul did not belong in the GOP and would never support a GOP'er. Then again, T-partiers really are not mainstream Republicans. It's time for a divorce. Christie's win in NJK will give a push to the breakup.

    November 5, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  9. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP teaparty is going down to defeat in this one and you can blame the idiots Cruz and the other morons lee and king and Rubio also . Goodby GOP idiots!!!!!!

    November 5, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  10. Cam

    Virginia citizens, if you don't want your state to look like a carbon copy of Maryland, vote for Cuccinelli. McAuliffe wants a mileage tax and he supports Obamacare. In MD, there is a rain tax; McAuliffe is just like governor O'Malley so it wouldn't surprise me if he supports a rain tax too. Also MD is a sanctuary state and I am sure McAuliffe would have no problem with legislation like the dream act.

    November 5, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    With hardly five people? Shame. I tod you GOP is pretty much gone to Dogs.

    November 5, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  12. T

    ......Good LUCK with that endorsement............the only one WORSE would be Palin's...............

    November 5, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Cuccinelli isn't a libertarian. The 3rd party candidate is the libertarian. It makes no difference however. There are massive lines at the polls and it overwhelmingly looks like McAuliffe voters. Be prepared to reap the whirlwind GOP.

    November 5, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  14. Data Driven

    "The Libertarians are precisely the voters the Republican candidate needs to sway for a win Tuesday."

    So Virginia is basically Blue now?

    November 5, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Ron Paul, he's the man. He's the same guy who was the keynote speaker at the dinner celebrating the John Birch Society's 50th Anniversary. And people on the right actually wonder why the real world thinks of thim as hateful and racist.

    November 5, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Burt wrote:

    Class warfare? Seriously? This coming from the man who, in his last book, said the only way to preserve 'American values' was by home schooling. ... ... In essence he's saying 'we can't have class warfare, unless it's our class who's winning the war'!
    --------------------------–
    Plus, when his class is winning the war, then it's not class warfare. It's private sector economic growth.

    November 5, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  17. Malory Archer

    Hmmm, I wonder whose work he'll plagiarize for THAT appearance! Honestly, isn't the cooch being trounced enough WITHOUT aqua buda's two cents?

    November 5, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  18. 2L

    Why is Paul backing the OPPONENT of the Libertarian candidate?

    November 5, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  19. plain and simple

    When the people rise up and speak through their votes and send the small minded fear mongers home to their private lives.....American wins!!! Home school,no health care,creationism....personal beliefs and choices. Stay out of government and leave the job to people who strive to help and care for us ALL. People not afraid of diversity of thought. People who actually think intelligent people can disagree,yet still find good,if not the best solutions through discussion and compromise!!! You know ...like we have been doing it these last few hundred years!!!!

    November 5, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  20. vic , nashville ,tn

    Ron Paul true libertarian and he never gave up he spoke loud and clear.
    Ctrl+c and Ctrl+v Rand Paul like his job more than dad policy

    November 5, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The Cuccinelli camp hopes the Paul endorsement will bring those splintered Libertarian voters back into the GOP fold."

    One might argue that these are the very same voters who have caused such havoc in the GOP to begin with. I will argue that going for the bottom of the barrel isn't going to get Cuccinelli the votes he ... well, is embarrassing himself by pandering for.

    I also agree with Rudy. It is time for the Paul family to decide once and for all who they stand with: establishment GOP or the anti-government TeaPers. They pander to both crowds.

    November 5, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Malory Archer wrote:

    Hmmm, I wonder whose work he'll plagiarize for THAT appearance! Honestly, isn't the cooch being trounced enough WITHOUT aqua buda's two cents?
    ------------------
    Wrong Paul. It's the father figure. It's Wrong Paul who's campaigning, not Rant Paul. The guy who claims he didn't realize what the John Birch Society's history was when he attended their 2008 50th Anniversay dinner as the keynote speaker of all things.

    November 5, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  23. Data Driven

    @vic in nashville,

    "Ron Paul true libertarian and he never gave up he spoke loud and clear."

    Ron Paul is a Republican who is stumping for a Republican candidate. But if you want to continue to be fooled by him, go right ahead.

    November 5, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  24. Data Driven

    "Wrong Paul / Rant Paul"

    LOL, Rudy!

    November 5, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  25. LiberalSadist

    Come on guys, do a little homework. Ron didn't endorse Sarvis because Sarvis doesn't believe in Austrian Economics and would continue to raise taxes and raise spending in VA as he said he would in a speech with Reason.com. Sarvis is only libertarian on the social issues and not on the finance, essentially being a democrat. But he wouldn't be the democrat elect for VA because McAuliffe.

    Do a little research before spouting off like goons. (PS, Ron Paul was endorsed by every NCAAP organization in Texas many times over, but yes, he's a racist ::rolls eyes::)

    November 5, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
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