Cuccinelli, Sen. Paul Slam Obamacare, Push 'Less Government' in Fairfax

Ken Cuccinelli slammed Obamacare and said 'more government means less liberties' at a rally with Sen. Rand Paul in Fairfax Monday.

Ken Cuccinelli rallies for the Fairfax vote on Monday, Oct. 28. (Photo: Jennifer van der Kleut)
Ken Cuccinelli rallies for the Fairfax vote on Monday, Oct. 28. (Photo: Jennifer van der Kleut)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli appeared with Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Rep. Frank Wolfe (R-10th) and others in Fairfax Tuesday to promote their positions against Obamacare and for a less intrusive government.

The room was overflowing and spilling out into the hallways at the Waterford in the Fair Oaks area, and supporters erupted in applause as Cuccinelli and Paul took the stage.

Paul wasted no time, and praised Cuccinelli in being a leader in the fight against the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"The president told me I could keep my doctor and my health insurance. He lied," Paul said as the crowd cheered. "Then just today, he told me that some of us could keep our health insurance, and some couldn't."

"Just like Terry McAuliffe said that he supported some of us getting to keep our guns, and some of us not," he said, as NRA members waved signs that read "I Am the NRA of Virginia, and I Vote."

As Cuccinelli took the stage, he said, "It's nice to see so many familiar, friendly faces in Fairfax, my old Senate district," referring back to his time as a state senator. "Not all faces I speak to on the campaign trail are so friendly."

Jumping into Sen. Paul's discussion of the ACA, Cuccinelli pointed out that no more than 30 to 35 minutes went by after President Obama had signed the bill into law then he had filed his suit against it, the first such state attorney general to do so.

He suggested the bill was a preview of more such laws to come from a Democratic federal government.

"If they can order you to buy health insurance, they can order you to buy anything, really. And they will," he said.

In one of the more popular phrases of the rally, Cuccinelli nicknamed the ACA the "Unaffordable Care Act," saying, "Since Oct. 1, more people have been knocked off their health insurance, than have gotten some. Why should we expand failure?"

Cuccinelli then asked the crowd, "Should we expand Medicaid under Obamacare?" to which the room shouted "No!"

In reference to his opponent, Cuccinelli said, "If you like D.C. politics, and Detroit financing, you'll love Terry McAuliffe as governor," whereas he said his philosophy is, "more government means less liberties."

He also took a moment to mention that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal would be campaigning with him in Northern Virginia on Tuesday, and poked fun at the Bill Clinton-Terry McAuliffe worldwind tour his opponent kicked off this week, saying Clinton's plane had "two left wings," making it "fly in circles."

Toward the end of the 30-minute rally, Cuccinelli said he liked to tease his opponent about all the "fanciful" promises he makes but cannot explain how he will fund, saying there was only one thing he would promise to fund—more help for people with mental illnesses.


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Larry McDorchester October 29, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Ha! Rand Paul has been busted. If he were the true scared-of-black-helicopters, anti-tax, extremest in the name of liberty as he claims to be, then he would be stumping for my man Sarvis, not Cuccinelli.
Kim McCoy October 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Larry, if your man Sarvis truly cared about the state of Virginia, HE would be out stumping for Mr. Cuccinelli...but, It's really not about our state at all, now is it? What qualifications to RUN THE STATE does Mr. Sarvis have?...not what you "like" about him, but what qualifications does he possess? Do you think it might be wise for Mr. Sarvis to run for a state Senate or delegate seat before he runs for Governor?...come on, are you truly going to cast a vote for McAuliffe by proxy?
Larry McDorchester October 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Let's be clear - if the choices were only Cuccinelli and McAuliffe, then I would vote for McAuliffe. I support Sarvis because he is not a zealot like Cuccinelli nor is he an empty suit like McAuliffe. His views on government involvement in our lives are consistent. That is, he doesn't speak against government intrusion and then advocate for the government deciding who a person lays down with or which professor's view points ought to be censured like the self-proclaimed liberty loving Cuccinelli does. If I thought that my vote for Sarvis would make it easier for Cuccinelli to win (I don't as McAuliffe's lead is healthy and likely to get bigger this weekend with the president's and vice president's support), then I would not vote for him.
Rolling Thunder 2013 October 31, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Kim, beware of operatives from the McAuliffe camp. They're working the Fairfax Underground too.
Kim McCoy October 31, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Larry, I'm going to assume you're a man (with a name like Larry, ok) Under that assumption, how can you vote for an unproven, unqualified person who has never held a seat in our state legislature to govern the Commonwealth? Neither McAwful or Sarvis have EVER worked directly with anyone in our state to accomplish anything. When did you allow some ridiculous social diatribe to overrule your common sense.
Larry McDorchester October 31, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Mark Warner never had any government experience before becoming governor, and he did a fine job. Maybe you like George W. Bush, maybe you don't. He didn't hold elective office before he was governor of Texas. Many people down there- even Democrats- say that he was a good governor. I'm going to go out on a limb, Kim, and assume that you admire Ronald Reagan. He never held public office before becoming governor of California.
Kim McCoy October 31, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Mark Warner served as a staff member to US Senator Chuck Dodd and served as state Chairman of the Democratic Party prior to his serving as governor; he had some experience within the political spectrum (not that I agree with anything he stands for) Ronald Reagan was the President of the Screen Actors Guild and worked with Barry Goldwater , a 5 term US Senator prior to his run for governor. Who has Sarvis served with or what has he presided over?


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