Terry McAuliffe’s campaign for Virginia governor is launching a new ad focused on provocative comments about abortion made by Ken Cuccinelli II, the latest effort by the Democratic candidate to paint his Republican foe as an extremist on social issues.
McAuliffe and his allies have aired several ads targeting Cuccinelli, the state attorney general, on abortion as well as divorce, contraception and other social issues. Cuccinelli has responded by accusing McAuliffe of exploiting social issues to mask his lack of a substantive policy agenda.
McAuliffe’s latest effort seizes on comments made by Cuccinelli in a speech to the Cherish Life Ministries Christian Life Summit in Ashburn in 2012. The ad features a clip of Cuccinelli discussing the potential consequences for the United States of its abortion policies.
“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 says. “Who knows what the future holds?”
The ad then repeats the line, “Who knows what the future holds?” and the words on screen say, “Ken Cuccinelli. Too Extreme for Virginia.”
Without directly addressing Cuccinelli’s comments, Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix said his agenda was much broader than just abortion.
“It is no secret that Ken is proudly pro-life, but his focus in this race — and as governor — will be to implement his jobs plan that will create 58,000 jobs, and ease tax burdens on middle class families and workers,” Nix said.