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Monday, November 4, 2013

Vice President Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Annandale

Left to right: Sen. Mark Warner, Terry McAuliffe, and Vice President Joe Biden.

The race for governor in Virginia is “a choice between the mainstream and extreme,” Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd of Democratic campaign workers Monday morning at a get-out-the-vote rally in Annandale.

The three Democratic candidates for statewide office were all there, including gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe; state Sen. Ralph Northam, who’s running for lieutenant governor; and state Sen. Mark Herring  candidate for attorney general. The rally, in the backyard of Alex Rodriguez on Oxford Street, was aimed at getting the political base fired up for the last day of canvassing before the election.

While the Democrats might be leading in the polls, Biden told the Democratic activists, “don’t take this race for granted,” noting that Tea Party voters are highly motivated to get to the polls. Meanwhile, the Republican candidate for governor, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli had campaign appearances scheduled for Nov. 4 with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

“This race matters well beyond the state of Virginia. It has captured the attention of the entire nation,” Biden said.

The vice president called the Republican candidates “the antithesis of change and progress.”According to Biden, Cuccinelli’s “views of women are from another era.” As attorney general, Cuccinelli “sued one of the great universities of the world because he disagreed with a professor’s scientific research.”

Cuccinelli’s opposition to the Violence Against Women Act “should alone disqualify him from being governor,” Biden said. Cucchinelli was one of only three attorney generals who refused to sign a letter endorsing the reauthorization of that law.

McAuliffe told the crowd he stands for policies to create jobs, invest in schools, and support the middle class, while Cuccinelli “spent his entire career on the Tea Party fringe” and supported the extremists in Congress who shut down the federal government.

He accused his opponent of “demonizing gay Virginians,” supporting restrictions on women’s access to birth control, and proposing an “ideological and irresponsible tax plan” that would lead to deep cuts in education and other essential programs.

McAuliffe said he supports policies to protect women’s right to make their own health care choices, invest in K-12 education and community colleges, increase teacher pay, and reform the SOLs. And while Cuccinelli said he would kill the Silver line, McAuliffe said supports transportation investments to reduce gridlock.

Also speaking at the rally, was Sen. Mark Warner. He accused the Republicans of “attacking Terry McAuliffe for being a businessman and knowing how to get a deal done.”

Rep. Gerry Connolly offered some critical remarks about the other statewide GOP candidates. He noted the Republican candidate for lieutenant general, E.W. Jackson, has stated “yoga opens you up to Satan.” State Sen. Mark Obenshain, who’s running for attorney general, voted for legislation what would have required women seeking abortions to undergo a transvaginal probe and report miscarriages to the police. He is “out-Cooching Cooch,” Connolly said.

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