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Ken Cuccinelli vs. Mark Warner in 2014?


Ken Cuccinelli sat down for his first post-election interview with The Post and had a few very interesting things to say. At the top of the list? The idea of running against Mark Warner next year is “tempting”:

…he finds the idea of challenging Warner “tempting” because of the troubled rollout of the federal health-care law, which the Democratic senator supported.

“There is no such thing as an unendangered Democrat who promised, as Mark Warner did, on video, sitting in his Senate office, ‘I would not vote for a health-care plan that doesn’t let you keep health insurance you like,’ ” Cuccinelli said. “Oh, really? You were the tiebreaking vote. … Mark Warner’s not going to have a cruise in 2014.”

Nor should he. It’s not popular to say, as I have, that Warner is beatable next year because of Obamacare. It’s compounded by the fact that no matter how much Warner tries to deflect attention away from that video of his saying he would never vote for a bill that would take away anyone’s health insurance, his colleague from New York, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, said “they all knew” Obamacare was going to do exactly that.

So yes, Mr. Cuccinelli is right. Mark Warner will not “have a cruise in 2014.” Or he should not — if the GOP can mount a credible challenge to him. Is Ken Cuccinelli the guy to do it? Virginia’s Democrats certainly hope so, and Warner’s campaign is already using the possibility of Cuccinelli run as a fundraising hook.

But back to the man and his interview …

[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at]

Norman Leahy blogs at Bearing Drift. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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