Ken Cuccinelli, the Virginia attorney general who is running for governor, says his opponent Terry McAuliffe is running a deceitful campaign full of lies about him.
"They're running ads saying I'm against things like contraception and divorce, which is just ridiculous. It's ridiculous. But people see it, newspapers report on it ... and, boom, it becomes the fact or the appearance of a fact to a voter — even though it's a flat-out lie," Cuccinelli told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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Cuccinelli has been under fire for a speech to the Christian Life Summit last year, unearthed by NBC12, in which he said he is surprised God has not yet "imposed" more judgment on America for allowing abortion.
"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 said. "Who knows what the future holds?"
Cuccinelli told Steve Malzberg: "The notion that those of us that are pro-life because we love children – is that so terrible? Really? Is that so terrible?"
He said that as attorney general, he has prosecuted the largest number of child predators in the history of the Old Dominion State.
"I'm the only candidate in this race with a record of protecting women and they distort it. They twist it. They spend us into the dirt and lie like crazy and, my gosh, I have never seen an opponent who just lies like he's taking a drinking of water like Terry McAuliffe. It is nothing to him," he said.
"When you combine it with being outspent very badly, it has a real impact. We could use people's help at cuccinelli.com, if they're willing to help us out in fighting back against it."
Cuccinelli believes said McAuliffe has fed the residents of Virginia a phony bill of goods.
"My opponent's promised everyone everything he can think of. It would be the equivalent of a $1,700 tax increase for every family of four where I've been proposing what amounts to a $700 tax cut for a family of four which would grow 58,000 new jobs," Cuccinelli said.
"That kind of apples to apples comparison that affects people's lives for the next four years and beyond is where the race ought to be focused. But that's exactly why they make these lying attacks is because the last thing on earth they want to talk about is substance because they know they got nothing."
He said he has mixed feelings about the federal budget and debt ceiling deals that were hammered out by the Senate on Wednesday.
"It's amazing that a Senate that doesn't pass a budget in what, five years, comes out with something like this," Cuccinelli said.
"I was the first attorney general to court to fight Obamacare, about 30 minutes after the president signed the bill . . . So it's a lot of mixed feelings. I'll be disappointed if we come out of here with really nothing to show for it on our side."
He lamented that McAuliffe is in step with President Barack Obama's decision to tweak the Affordable Care Act by postponing the employer mandate by a year, but not the employee mandate.
"I'm running against an opponent who just thinks this is dandy. He's saying he's going to do the same thing as the governor of Virginia. So you see this spreading with Terry McAuliffe in Virginia and others where they're just saying, well I'm just going to make up legal authority," Cuccinelli said.
"It is the first step toward tyranny, is the abandonment of the rule of law that we're seeing, and I have an opponent … who has said if you don’t expand Obamacare, if you don't do the Medicaid expansion, I won't sign the Virginia budget.
"He didn't think Obamacare went far enough. He wanted a full-blown, single payer, which of course means the nationalization of all health insurance. You think dealing with your health insurance company's lousy? Wait till you get to deal with your government on those same questions. And they're dictating your doctor, what healthcare you're going to get."
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