First on CNN: Making the pitch for Virginia women
October 24th, 2013
08:00 AM ET
9 years ago

First on CNN: Making the pitch for Virginia women

Washington (CNN) - Hours before Thursday's final debate in the race for Virginia governor, a leading abortion rights group says it's going up with internet ads that attack the Republican candidate in the race, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, for "meddling in women's private health decisions."

NARAL Pro Choice America tells CNN that they'll spend five figures to run the spot between now and the November 5 election.

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"Keep Ken Cuccinelli's extreme views out of your bedroom, and your medicine cabinet, and the governor's mansion," says the narrator in the commercial.

The campaign of the Democratic nominee in the race, Terry McAuliffe, has long tried to paint Cuccinelli, a favorite among many social conservatives, as too far to the right for mainstream voters in the commonwealth when it comes to such social issues as abortion.

Cuccinelli, on his campaign website, says "I believe that all human life is precious, which is why I am a strong supporter of life."

Public opinion polling indicates that McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, has the advantage when it comes to female voters. While McAuliffe holds a slim single digit lead among all likely voters in the latest surveys, those same polls suggest he's up by double digits among women.

The winner of the election will succeed outgoing GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Filed under: 2013 • Abortion • Ken Cuccinelli • Terry McAuliffe • Virginia
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I keep saying that there are two ads that could be run against Cuccinelli that would him go crawl under a rock and hide. One, would be to attack him on his abortion stance and his support for the, ah, the probe law. Two, shine a spotlight on the man that Cuccinelli doesn't want to be caught on camera with, his own running mate. He's so grass root that it's not hard to tell that he crawled out from underneath an unturned stone, and he's bubbling over with stories to tell about his life experience in his little rock world.

    October 24, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans and other lower life forms, are not just content with destroying our country economically, they have to deny women's rights, prevent affordable health care for those with pre existing conditions, prevent immigration reform, cut assistance to veterans and the poor. They are in favor of a pipeline that will help the Kochs make another $100 billion from their purchase of millions of acres of adjacent property in Canada, any war in the Mideast, and voter suppression.

    October 24, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  3. Larry in Houston

    Hate to be a bearer of bad tidings, but once the republican party figures out they should start running on a platform on solving problems, and actually for the Voters that are for their rights & freedoms in this country, plus the fact that we need to shrink the Gov't a little bit, to the point where the people doesn't need the Gov't in every aspect in people's lives, once they figure that all out one of these days, Then They Will Start Winning More Elections.

    My gut feeling is that there will be a lot more of Voting people that are more informed, when the mid-terms roll around, mostly because of the Internet. Both parties will find out a lot of Info. about the voting public, by then. They will change, believe me. And they will change to suit the Voters.

    In essence, All the politicians will find out that they are All vulnerable, not just the "Lifers"

    October 24, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Ken Coochi Koo s probably the most radical person there is as far as womens health issues go. We will not allow him to sit in the governor's mansion America. You can count it!!!

    October 24, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. MaryM

    Ha, The Cucch has already lost the majority women of Va., with his war on women and the help of the republican parties war on women in the Red States f

    October 24, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. A True Conservative

    Ha, ha, for the guy that will give you free birth control that the message? No wonder this nation has the problems that it does.....

    October 24, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. vikingwoman

    It's time for women to take the lead & say a loud, ringing, unanimous No to these politicians who are shutting down womens healthclinics on the outside chance they may even mention the A word! The men (& they are All men) in question are extreme & archaic in their views about womens health! Not only do they oppose abortion, but a large number also want to discourage & outright ban contraception! Many have strange & dangerous views on! I don't for a moment believe that it has anything to do w/'love of life,' but rather the age-old patriarchal desire (demand) to Control the womenfolk! Meanwhile they give themselves excemptions (ED meds, for ex.) as though se.xuality is a right for only men to decide & enjoy! Remember women, we have fought long & hard for our freedoms to vote, own land & be in control of our own bodies & it hasn't been that long ago when men ruled our every decision! A vote for such men is a vote in a dangerously wrong direction!!

    October 24, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    The Cooch still has voter suppression going for him. It's the Republican way to overcome the will of the people.

    October 24, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. smith

    One of the two issues that causes way to much strife in politics. Time to get abortion and gun laws out of politics.

    October 24, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Data Driven

    Has the advantage when it comes to female voters? It's TWENTY PERCENT. That's a lot!

    Slim single digit lead among all likely voters? It's EIGHT PERCENT. That's a lot!

    This place is really starting to depress me.

    October 24, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |