Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, now a gubernatorial candidate in 2013, will receive a heavy dose of national attention this weekend as a questioner in Saturday’s presidential forum.
Cuccinelli will join fellow Republican attorneys general Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma and Pam Bondi of Florida at a forum in New York City hosted by former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
FOX News Channel says the attorneys general will pose questions to the candidates focusing on domestic issues related to federal and states’ rights.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, fomer House speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum will be asked about health care, EPA regulation, labor, education, immigration and social issues, according to FOX News Channel.
“The attorney general...identified a unique opportunity to ask questions from the perspective of state attorneys general to the 2012 Republican presidential candidates, especially given their involvement in the fight against the federal government’s overreach in cases such as health care , state’s rights, EPA regulations and other regulatory issues,’’ said Caroline Gibson, a Cuccinelli spokesman.
The forum offers Cuccinelli, who has drawn national support from the tea party movement, huge exposure days as he embarks on
Cuccinelli’s candidacy sets up a potentially contentious — and expensive — primary fight against Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R).