Skip to comments.Obama, Democrats seek to make Virginia governor's race a Tea Party referendum
Posted on 11/03/2013 1:02:34 PM PST by mdittmar
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats attempted on Sunday to tap into voter anger about a 16-day U.S. government shutdown and turn Virginia's upcoming governor's election into a referendum on Tea Party conservatives.
With Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe leading polls over Republican Ken Cuccinelli before Tuesday's vote, Obama and Democratic speakers at a rally in the Washington suburb of Arlington pressed party activists to focus on turning out the vote.
Northern Virginia's Washington suburbs, where many government employees and contractors live, was hit particularly hard by the government shutdown last month that resulted from a stalemate over the U.S. budget and debt ceiling that Americans for the most part blamed on Republicans.
The Tea Party conservative wing within the House of Representatives was a key bloc in Republicans' failed push to defund Obama's signature healthcare law in exchange for approving spending bills to reopen the government.
"This election is going to say a lot about Virginia's future, and the country's future," said Obama.
Addressing a crowd of about 1,600 people in a high school gymnasium, Obama said the Tea Party was "willing to hijack their party, the country and the economy and bring progress to an absolute halt if they don't get 100 percent of what they want."
Speakers tried to tie Cuccinelli, a conservative who is the Virginia attorney general and an opponent of abortion, to the Tea Party movement by pointing out he had Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz, a senator from Texas, speak at an event for him two weeks ago.
"He refused to speak out and tell Ted Cruz to stop the government shutdown, stop hurting Virginia families," said Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, himself a former governor. "He stood with the Tea Party and not with Virginia families."
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Ubama has been making some bad bets lately.
"Hey! Look over here!" - Barack Hussein Obama.
Seems like a great media food fight opportunity.
When the excesses, taxes, penalties, enforced by the Administration's hand-picked IRS officers begin to reach into every household in Virginia, perhaps those who vote for McAuliffe may rethink their position of support for this chief fundraiser for the so-called "progressive" Party of Clinton and Obama.
Man, I hope Cuchinelli wins.
I find it absolutely CHILLING to think that over 40% of the so called “americans” feeding off of other Americans in this country have sided with the communists in their destruction of this once great country. Disgusting.
They don’t call them “Rooters” for nothing.
Can they give this back to the Indians?
If McAwful wins, the MSM will point to that as making Hillary a lock for 2016.
Hope it IS a referendum.
What voter anger? Seriously if it was not for the LSM Most Americans would only have known anything was going on by the Youtube Videos of Americans carrying the Barrycades to the SpiteHouse. It had no effect for 99% of American.
Even if McAwful wins, it is likely to be close and the 'Them vs The Tea Party' will be largely meaningless.
On the other hand if Cuccinelli wins, it will give greater encourgement, recognition and empowerment to the Tea Party movement. It could have a major cascade affect on next year's elections.
Its rather stupid for Obama to continually bash Tea party activists with the IRS scandal hanging over his head.
He'd better win by 7 pts or more because that's what he was ahead when the witch swooped in. Otherwise, she brought him down.
There that makes more sense.
“Northern Virginia’s Washington suburbs, where many government employees and contractors live, was hit particularly hard by the government shutdown last month ...”
B.S. Every govt employee will have had an extra several days paid vacation. The contractors’ pay will remain the same. Restaurants/shops/malls/theaters, etc. in NOVA remain quite prosperous. The rest of the country only wishes they were this prosperous.
I’m not so sure about your view.
McAwful has been part of the Clinton Crime Family since 94.
“This election is going to say a lot about Virginia’s future, and the country’s future,” said Obama.
Yes, it is you jackass and are you going to be surprised,
Go Virginia Tea Party, make his nightmare come true!
They weren’t “hit particularly hard” — they got extra paid vacation days. They didn’t even miss a paycheck.
By now, they should be thanking the Tea Party for the paid time off from work they had.
Of course, they are liars. I mean, Ken didn’t even support the shutdown. Not that truth really matters to liberals. Keep your Insurance!!!
Lying bastard’s tongue should fall out
HE and Dirty Harry Reid shut the Government down.
The Jug-eared Lying Marxist finally said something intelligent and true.
Ken C real,problem was that vile Lt Gov Bollings who has been actively sabotaging his campaign by threatening anyone donating to Ken and stopping the get out the vote efforts.
In fact, Bolling was telling the Gop Pacs to support the Dem.
I would have taken over the country if it weren’t for those pesky kids!
Both he and McAwful are linked to Alcada, and the Commies, but so what?
Did they get the vote fraud under control there? If they ignored it I would not be holding my breath.
Cucinelli = Tea Party (McAuliffe makes election into Tea Party Referenum)
ObamaCare is having current real world effects on the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Tea Party are those people we aren't supposed to like.
I say Cucinelli wins the referendum campaign.
WTF???? thery drew unemployment insurance, them received their back pay
TEA tried to stop zerocare. Being a suburb of DC, the undecides have to remember and know Cruz trying to kill zerocare.
With a crook like Terry McAwful, the only hope he has is to go negative.
Look, folks in Virginia....If POTUS Obama, Terry MacAuliffe, Senator John Warner, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Michelle Obama and scores of other out-of-state Democrat Obamabots could only muster “about “1600” people to attend the last major political rally for “dirt bag” Democrat, Terry MacAuliffe, things are not boding well for “shyster” MacAuliffe in his race for governor!!!
First, Obama’s magic is gone...he cannot gather more then a High School Gym full of “deadbeat” followers...and dumb ones at that.
But...having stated that........KC can win the race against the strong odds that he will lose the race to MacAuliffe. The Obamabot media is running at feverish pace to depress the “conservative vote” turnout on this coming Tuesday, Election Day!!! TURNOUT is the key!!!
If Steve Lonegan in New Jersey had gotten just eight more votes per voting precinct ...he would have beaten Cory Booker for the US Senate seat. On this very site, where you would think the drive to get out to vote is overpowering, you see high numbers of supposed, conservative people in “our” camp quitting before they even fired the first shot!!! You can almost hear them saying.....oh....my vote won’t count...it won’t make a difference!!! Well....it does make a difference....a big difference.
I will not request that our team get out and vote come Tuesday....I am demanding it. I don’t care of you like it or not, action wins battles whether in war, love, business, sports or politics. I am sick of hearing....”Oh....if just a few more of our voters turned out....we would have won!!!
So......Virginia get off your lazy butts, do the right thing, hound your family, your friends, your neighbors, your kindred spirits, your fellow bloggers, those on Facebook, Twitter, etc., those that have been screwed by Obamacare, the IRS, the military folks, etc. You go and vote, then man the phones, drive the cars to the polls for older folks....just never give up until every possible vote for KC has actuallly been cast!!! Hound “our” talk radio folks, FNC, our blogs, our websites, etc., to help us get out the vote during every minute of Monday/Tuesday!!! This, friends is plain & simple a “TURNOUT ELECTION”!!! For Goodness Sake....TURNOUT & VOTE FOR KC!!!! Do it....and we win!!!
Ohhh..That's old news...besides.....What difference does it make now......../s
Folks you have got to be kidding if you think VA will vote for KC (I’d love it but...). Look at Obama’s poll numbers. Yes, he is down by -13 or something and the health care roll out is a disaster. He should be down by - 30 or more and there should be riots in the street demanding he resign. It’s not happening - and we all know why. It’s because he is loved. Too many takers and too many God less in the once good ole USA. After the financial collapse of 2015 there will be no more elections but lots more government. We are about to become Cuba and the majority of Americans are loving it. They are sowing the seeds of their (and our) destruction. It’s hard to believe but here it is.
Oh please dont throw us into that briar patch!
Probably no state fooled Obama more than VA in recent years, as it turns again hard left. He probably thought he would lost it both times, but he didn’t understand Virginians much better than Thomas Jefferson did.
I hadn’t heard that ol’ John Warner had endorsed McAwful but would expect him to. You may mean his heir, the unrelated Mark Warner.
Let tehm. Then what to they do if Cuccinelli wins?
If Cuccinelli wins, will it be the first time in history that a winning candidate failed every single pre-election poll? I think Virginians are just too predictable for thaqt to happen.
If both sides turn the election into their favored referendum, Cucinelli wins.
If Cuccinelli loses we are OUT of this state. OUT!!
I REFUSE to have any more of my income siphoned off for these moocher/parasite slut invaders enveloping Virginia. 1/3 of my income is already enough!!!
It’s a beautiful state ...we will miss it. Obviously it’s about to get ruined, much like neighboring hellh*le Maryland.
I hope I can eat my words come Tuesday. We will be out at the polls at the crack of dawn ourselves.
President Barack Obama, fellow Democrats and Establishment Republicans attempted on Sunday to tap into voter anger about a 16-day U.S. government shutdown and turn Virginia's upcoming governor's election into a referendum on Tea Party conservatives.
The truth of the matter is that spending laws originate in the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives did their job and sent a bill to keep the government open. The Senate DEMOCRATS rejected the bill and blamed the Republicans.
That was nothing more than the blame game by the Dems. The problem is that we have too many low information voters and low information Democrat lawmakers!
The government shut down, done and over versus the ongoing and future catastrophe of ObamaCare. This is a slam dunk.
You are absolutely correct my friend!!! I apoligize for my mistake!!! Thanks for picking it up!!!!