Cuccinelli Visits UVa, Fields Questions from Students

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

February 6, 2013

Attorney general and republican nominee for governor, Ken Cuccinelli visited Center for Politics founder, Larry Sabato's, Intro to Politics class on Wednesday.

Cuccinelli explained what it's like to be an attorney general and some of the accomplishments of his office. After-wards, students asked a wide range of questions. Everything from higher education, running for governor and the legalization of marijuana.

Two students brought up marijuana and asked how he feels about Washington and Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana and what he thinks will happen here in Virginia.

Sabato was surprised at his response saying he was much more open to it than he expected.

"It's gonna take a few years I think to figure this out but I don't have a problem with states experimenting with this sort of thing I think that's the role of states," Cuccinelli said.

In some of his responses, Cuccinelli mentioned how his position has evolved in the past 10 years. In terms of the race for governor, Sabato says it's important for voters to see that politicians change their minds about things.

"They're human beings, too," Sabato said.

At this point, it is neck-in-neck between Democrat nominee Terry McAuliffe and Cuccinelli and the question still remains whether Lt. Governor Bill Bolling will step in as an independent.

Sabato says that would change things but maybe in an unexpected way.

"The conventional wisdom is that Bolling will hurt Cuccinelli more but Bolling has been taking such moderate positions, he could actually end up hurting Terry McAuliffe as much as Cuccinelli. This is going to be a very interesting race, much more so than usual," Sabato said.

McAuliffe will visit Sabato's politics class in the coming months.

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