Vice President Joe Biden said Monday that the Republicans running to lead the bellwether state of Virginia embody values “from another era” that would threaten the state’s economic success.
“These guys are the antithesis, the absolute antithesis, of change and progress,” Biden said during a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. “Everything they talk about, without exaggeration, is about turning back what the rest of the country and the world think is progress.”
Biden accused Republican contender Ken Cuccinelli of holding views on women “literally from another era” and noted that the GOP attorney general battled the University of Virginia over climate change research.
“Think about whether or not, with the attitude of Cuccinelli and his ticket, if they were to win, what that will say to America and what that will do to attracting the continuation of the great traditions of this state,” he said, saying that corporations would be dissuaded from investing in Virginia if it was led by Tea Party-backed candidates whose “social recidivism is outdone only by its hostility to science and technology, innovation and scholarship.”
A new Quinnipiac survey out Monday showed McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli among likely voters by 46 percent to 40 percent, with Libertarian Party candidate Robert Sarvis getting the support of eight percent of respondents.
Biden said the off-year election in the swing state has captivated the attention of the nation, and he warned Democrats not to take victory for granted in Tuesday’s election.
“The other side will generate every single solitary Tea Party sympathizers in this state,” he said. “They will show up.”
In a statement, Cuccinelli's campaign said that Biden's visit "encapsulates a campaign for governor on the part of Democrats littered with absurdities and falsehoods."
"Biden is the poster boy for the failures of this administration and its lies concerning ObamaCare," said Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix.
First published November 4 2013, 8:04 AM