McAuliffe campaign highlights Cuccinelli statement in 2012 on ‘God’s judgment’ over abortion: The Terry McAuliffe gubernatorial campaign released a statement from former Republican State Del. Katherine Waddell on remarks made by Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli last year at a forum suggesting that the U.S. will suffer God’s judgment over abortion.
“Ken Cuccinelli’s divisive statements saying that God would punish nations for letting women make their own reproductive healthcare decisions is dangerous for Virginia and has no place in our political discourse,” said Waddell. “Throughout this campaign, Ken Cuccinelli has tried to whitewash his long history of driving an extreme ideological agenda aimed towards restricting women’s access to reproductive healthcare, but his record speaks for itself. Virginians want leaders who will focus on job creation and empowering women to succeed, not one who tries to put politicians between women and their personal reproductive healthcare decisions.”
Monday night, NBC12’s Ryan Nobles reported on Cuccinelli’s remarks at a forum last year, in which he said:
“Really, Given that God does judge nations, it’s amazing that abortion has run as far and foully as it has, without what I would consider to be a greater imposition of judgment on this country. Who knows what the future holds?”
Dems raise issue with reality TV star stumping for Cuccinelli: Reality TV star Jim Bob Duggar is in Virginia this week campaigning on behalf of Ken Cuccinelli, and Democrats are using the occasion to point out controversial comments made by Duggar last week at the Values Voters Summit and comparing the present-day United States to Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.
“Ken Cuccinelli’s surrogate Jim Bob Duggar’s suggestion that the United States is anything like Nazi Germany during the Holocaust is beyond offensive to our nation and to those who suffered during one of the darkest periods of human history,” said Democratic Party of Virginia spokesman Brian Coy. “It’s up to Ken Cuccinelli to tell Virginians whether he agrees with these dangerous and offense statements, and if not, why he still welcomed Duggar to Virginia after he made them last week.”
Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s campaign issued the following statement about Duggar’s campaign swing.
“It is shocking that Cuccinelli would accept the support of a man who last week publicly compared the United States to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Ken Cuccinelli needs to immediately ask his surrogate to leave Virginia,” said McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin. “Mr. Duggar’s divisive, hurtful, and extreme rhetoric has no place in this campaign for governor.”