Campaigning for Libertarians, Ron Paul stumps for Cuccinelli in VA
November 5th, 2013
01:08 AM ET
9 years 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.

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"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. Gurgyl

    I was reading WSJ, 95 percent of Americans hate GOP and congress. They better change their Attitude to win the heart of ordinary American leaving their GREED.

    November 5, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. rs

    Cuccinelli needs the Paul itchin' for a duel (and some other divel from Wikipedia), not the old man!

    November 5, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. Larry in Houston

    Hey Mr. Paul, you're wasting your time, you could have saved your money, and stayed down in Texas, instead of wasting it on a round trip flight to Va....let your son Rand do it.....he's the senator, so let him do his job...

    November 5, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. MaryM

    The Cucch is done. But Christie is alive in a blue state. Sadly Christie will have to move to the extreme right to get the GOP nomination and then he will lose favor with the Majority of Americans, even in New Jersey.

    November 5, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. S. B. Stein

    Really? I would have hoped that Paul would have stumped for the Libertarian candidate. He is closer to the Libertarian cause.

    November 5, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    So the tea bags are hauling out Ronny Paul as an equivalent to Bill Clinton? While both men are elderly, Clinton, for all his foibles, is a statesman, compassionate and very, very intelligent man. Oh, and he was President TWICE.

    Paul pales in comparison ...

    November 5, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    Ronbot the Elder is here because his son, Rant, has delusions of grandeur (being POTUS), but has a bad habit of telling lies and plagiarizing.

    November 5, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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