RICHMOND — The Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Virginia is slamming his Republican opponent over past comments regarding the judgment of God and the sin of abortion.
Terry McAuliffe will be releasing a series of advertisements to take a swipe at his challenger, Ken Cuccinelli, by highlighting various comments made by Cuccinelli that he deems to be radical.
His latest advertisement is entitled “Future Holds,” and highlights a statement made last year in Ashburn at Cherish Life Ministries’ Christian Life Summit, where Cuccinelli spoke on the issue of abortion and the withholding of the wrath of God.
“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,” Cuccinelli tells the audience. “Who knows what the future holds?”
The advertisement then echoes Cuccinelli’s question “Who knows what the future holds?” as the screen then changes to a message that reads: “Ken Cuccinelli. Too Extreme for Virginia.”
Another advertisement released this week also jabs Cuccinelli for his views on abortion, and also divorce, again asserting that the Republican candidate is “too extreme” for office.
“He wants to make abortion illegal, even in cases of rape or incest,” the commercial states. “And he bullied the state Board of Health to try and get his way.”
“As state senator, Ken Cuccinelli wrote a bill to change Virginia’s divorce laws to make it harder for women to get out of a bad marriage,” it continues. “Now, it’s clear. Cuccinelli wants to take his extreme agenda to the governor’s office.”
“Ken Cuccinelli refuses to explain what he meant by his offensive comments or what particular punishment he feels America deserves,” McAuliffe spokesperson Josh Schwerin told the Augusta Free Press, referring to Cucinelli’s comments on the judgment of God. “What is clear though is that Ken Cuccinelli would bring his radical agenda into the governor’s office to attempt to outlaw abortion even in cases of rape, incest or when the woman’s health is in danger.”
Cuccinelli had likewise run ads regarding McAuliffe’s abortion advocacy last month, stating that his Democratic challenger supported abortion on demand.
“The gift of life: innocent, beautiful, a miracle from God, and our responsibility to protect,” the advertisement entitled “Gift of Life” begins. “Terry McAuliffe supports abortion on demand at any time for any reason—paid for by Virginia taxpayers.”
“Terry McAuliffe: not our values. Wrong for Virginia,” it concludes.
Both Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe are Roman Catholic. Cuccinelli is the current attorney general of Virginia and McAuliffe was the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008, and also served as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2205.
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