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In campaign stop, Obama rips tea party



Published: Sun, November 3, 2013 @ 7:51 p.m.

In campaign stop, Obama rips tea party

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Va.

President Barack Obama cast Republican Ken Cuccinelli on Sunday as part of an extreme tea party faction that shut down the government, throwing the political weight of the White House behind Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final days of a bitter race for governor.

Seeking an upset, Cuccinelli cast this week’s Virginia gubernatorial election as a referendum on Obama’s troubled national health care law.

National issues that have divided Democrats and Republicans spilled into the race and colored the final hours of campaigning ahead of Tuesday’s vote. As one of just two gubernatorial races in the nation, the results of Tuesday’s elections could hold clues about voter attitudes and both parties’ messages heading into the 2014 midterm elections.

Obama tore into Cuccinelli as an ideologue unwilling to compromise, while Cuccinelli was telling his supporters that Tuesday’s election will be a test for the health care law and McAuliffe’s support for it.

“No more Obamacare in Virginia. That’s the message we can send,” Cuccinelli said in Weyers Cave, a small town northwest of Charlottesville, as he began a day that was taking him from airport to airport, many in Republican-rich regions in southern and western Virginia.

A short time later, in northern Virginia on the outskirts of Washington, Obama said a vote for McAuliffe would be a vote for progress. He said Cuccinelli wanted Virginia voters to forget that the Republican’s like-minded counterparts in Congress just weeks earlier had taken the economy, the nation and the economy hostage, hurting Virginians in the process.

“Now he says it’s in the rearview mirror. It can’t be in the rearview mirror if this is your operative theory of politics,” Obama told a crowd of 1,600 gathered in a high school gymnasium in Arlington.


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1AtownAugie(697 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Did Obama really say the candidate is "an ideologue" who is "unwilling to compromise?!" My, my -- such an on-target and apt description of himself.

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2rickking123(288 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

This president doesn't know how to govern, the only thing he does is campaign.....

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3gdog4766(1470 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

The tea party is a party of false patriots. They claim to be defenders of the constitution and the bill of rights, but only the parts they agree with. They disrespect the flag by hanging it upside down or fly other flags of our enemies along side it. Their platform is the same as the original communist party in that the government isn't responsible for its citizens well being. Instead they feel the people should support the government with no expectations of return. They are mainly a party of older Americans and yet they push to end Social Security and Medicare. And lastly one of their main leaders who is a birther is a foreign born son of a communist. Talk about a screwed up bunch of people.

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4kk80586(227 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

that's what I like about gdog.... he don't need no stinkin' facts!!!

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