New Ads Attack McAuliffe on Abortion, Business

Monday, 23 Sep 2013 12:21 PM

By Lisa Barron

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The conservative Virginia Principles Fund has launched an ad campaign against Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, attacking the Democrat for his support for abortion rights and his business dealings, according to Politico.

In the anti-abortion ad, a female narrator says, “The gift of life: innocent, beautiful, a miracle from God, and our responsibility to protect” as a young girl lays her head on her pregnant mother’s stomach and another mother kisses a newborn baby’s forehead.

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The narration continues, “Terry McAuliffe supports abortion on demand at any time for any reason. — paid for by Virginia taxpayers!”

McAuliffe vowed earlier this month to exempt Virginia’s abortion clinics from new health-and-safety regulations if he is elected.

Sarah Huckabee, who heads the Virginia Principles Fund, told Politico that its research shows that McAuliffe’s position on abortion is “one of his greatest vulnerabilities” in his race against Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

Sarah Huckabee is the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Another ad funded by the group blasts McAuliffe’s ties to Global Crossing, a bankrupt telecommunications company.

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“Virginians are hurting: not enough good-paying jobs, working two or more jobs to pay the bill,” says the narrator. “Terry McAuliffe talks about what he’ll do to help, but what has he done? Terry McAuliffe got rich off a company that went bankrupt and laid off 10,000 workers. Ten thousand workers lost their jobs, their healthcare, their livelihood while McAuliffe made millions.”

McAuliffe has also taken hits for the controversial electric-car company he launched after failing to win his party's nomination for governor four years ago. Cuccinelli has frequently taken shots at his opponent over GreenTech Automotive.

The tagline on both of the ads by Virginia Principles Fund is, “Terry McAulffe: Not our values, wrong for Virginia.”

For its part, the McAuliffe campaign has focused much of its advertising on Cuccinelli’s positions on social issues.

“Considering that Ken Cuccinelli wants to make abortion illegal even in cases of rape and incest, has tried to outlaw common forms of birth control like the pill, and even said his ultimate goal is to make abortion disappear in America, it’s no surprise that his extreme friends would try to come in and rescue him by launching false and misleading attacks,” McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin told Politico.

Related story:

New Super Pac Slams McAuliffe From the Right



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