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October 3, 2013

Misguided Priorities of Cuccinelli and Cruz at Odds with Virginia Voters

NARAL Pro-Choice America launches integrated campaign to show voters Cuccinelli is wrong for the Commonwealth

This week, Ken Cuccinelli is embracing Sen. Ted Cruz, the architect of the federal government shutdown, as many of the 200,000 Virginians who work for the government sit at home waiting to learn when they can return to work. Cuccinelli and Cruz will appear together at a high-profile conservative event.

"By cozying up to Sen. Ted Cruz, the ringleader of the federal government shutdown, Ken Cuccinelli has revealed his true values and priorities,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue. “Cuccinelli is showing no regard for the thousands of Virginia families deeply hurt by the shutdown.”

“Cuccinelli and Cruz are deeply out of step with the American public if they are willing to hold our government hostage and demand a ‘do-over’ on the Affordable Care Act,” Hogue said. “This law will bring 30 million Americans into a health-care system that includes affordable family-planning services, better access to contraception, and maternity care.”

In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, 72 percent of Americans said they oppose the government shutdown.

Cuccinelli has a long record of turning his back on the state’s most vulnerable, which extends to his campaign against women’s health. He has pushed through legislation to fund "crisis pregnancy centers", fake clinics that lie to women. He also introduced a law that would ban commonly used forms of contraception. Cuccinelli remains the only Virginia gubernatorial candidate who has not signed NARAL Pro-Choice America’s statement of support for sexual assault survivors, refusing to say whether he would protect access for women in Virginia to all medical care they need after an attack.

NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia are working tirelessly to inform Virginia women how dangerous Ken Cuccinelli is to their health and right to choose, targeting women who are motivated about protecting their rights but don’t normally vote outside of presidential contests. This work has already shown results, as pro-choice candidate Terry McAuliffe has opened a 24-point lead among women voters.

As we enter the final month of the campaign, NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia are stepping up efforts with new tactics including: 100,000 pieces of direct mail zeroing in on these so-called ‘drop-off’ pro-choice women particularly in Northern Virginia, Richmond and Hampton Roads; phonebanks staffed by Virginia voters working to turn out this critical constituency; a hard-hitting online video program; and a vast canvassing operation all focused on holding Cuccinelli accountable for his misplaced priorities.

“Sen. Ted Cruz’s strategy to shut down the federal government over Obamacare affects about half the families in Northern Virginia – meaning one in two households in the region has at least one family member who works for the U.S. government,” NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia executive director Tarina Keene explained. “We want to elect a governor who stands up to people like Cruz who would sacrifice jobs and health care options on an ideological crusade. Ken Cuccinelli can't have it both ways—he either chooses the women and families of Virginia, or continues to appeal to the extremists in his party by embracing with Sen. Cruz and highlighting their shared values.”

Contact:
Samantha Gordon, 202.973.3032


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