October 16, 2013
Ken Cuccinelli has a woman problem in his quest for the governor's seat in Virginia. The latest poll out of Christopher Newport University shows a 14-point gender gap, with Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe receiving more than half of the female vote.
With three weeks to go before Election Day, Cuccinelli is hoping to narrow that gap and Wednesday he got a helping hand from South Carolina Governor and Tea Party favorite, Nikki Haley. During a campaign rally at the Republican Victory Office in Sachem Place in Albemarle County, Haley appealed to women voters.
"What is amazing to me is you can't just go and say, you were winning on woman's issues because everyone woman knows we're smarter than that," Haley told the crowd. "We don't decide based on one issue. We decide who we're gonna vote for based on a lot of issues."
Cuccinelli's short speech focused on economic issues, comparing his political record to McAuliffe's lack there of.
"I'm the only one who actually knows how our workforce in Virginia works today and am in a position to improve it tomorrow," he said.
But as much as Cuccinelli wants to keep the focus on the economy and jobs, his conservative stance on social issues keeps popping up. The latest blip, a video of Cuccinelli speaking during the Christian Life Summit last year. In the speech, Cuccinelli talks about abortion in America.
"Given that God does judge nations, it's amazing abortion has run as far and foully as it has without what I would consider a greater imposition of judgment on this country," he told the crowd.
When asked about the speech during his campaign stop Wednesday, Cuccinelli didn't back from his comment. "Anytime that we can get on the wrong track as a country, there are consequences."
A mix of about two dozen University of Virginia students and Charlottesville residents gathered for the rally. Many of the women in attendance said they thought the social issues should take a back seat to their more pressing concerns, like the economy.
"I care about where Virginia is going with the government," said life-long Virginia resident Naomi Roberts. "All this other stuff should not be part of the governor's race."
Election Day is November 5, 2013.