VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Sen. Rand Paul was in Virginia Beach Monday morning to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. The rally took place at 12:30 p.m. at the Philppine Cultural Center of Virginia located at 4857 Baxter Rd.
The Republican Senator from Kentucky first became a supporter of Ken Cuccinelli when he challenged the Affordable care Act in court.
"I think in Ken Cuccinelli you have a candidate who believes in justice,” Paul said in Virginia Beach Monday. “Who will defend the bill of rights when the government gets it wrong..."
But right now, Ken Cuccinelli is fighting for his political life in his bid to become governor of Virginia. His democratic opponent, Terry McAulliffe, enjoys at least a seven-point lead in the polls.
"I heard that Terry McAulliffe's been raising a lot of money -- mosty of it not in Virginia,” Paul said. “I heard that the most common zip code is 90210. Anybody know where that is? So, Hollywood liberals, Beverly Hills think they can elect somebody in Virginia."
But Cuccinelli and his supporters believe there is still time for a grass-roots to turn this race around at the polls. Second District GOP Chairman Gary Byler is one of them.
"We're within striking distance … " said Byler.
"I need these folks here to talk to others. Truth is our friend. The more people know about me, my record, my plans versus Terry, his record, his lack of plans, the better we do,” Cuccinelli said.
But right now Cuccinelli is not doing well with women voters in Virginia.
"The abortion issue is one that no doubt has been a drag on the ticket, and the general population are using scare tactics,” Byler said. “You have not heard Cuccinelli or our campaign talk about the issue at all because, quite frankly, the law is settled, and it's not part of our platform at all to be passing any new laws."
But WAVY.com did get both Attorney General Cuccinelli and Senator Paul to talk about their position on abortion and why they say that position is being distorted and falsely portrayed by the McAulliffe campaign.
"Well you know I'm pro-life,” Cuccinelli told WAVY.com. “So you know I think my opponent has tried to turn that into something, something terrible … you know, we've never had a piece of pro-life legislation passed in Virginia without democratic support."
"We may not all agree exactly when life begins, but that debate is important to have, and I think we could be having it in a civil way without mischaracterizing peoples' positions and the fact on birth control,” Paul said. “It's just ridiculous."
But there is nothing funny about the impact it has had on Cuccinelli's support from women voters in Virginia.
"Unfortunately I think the other side is using it to lie an awful lot,” Cuccinelli said. “I mean you look at their contraception add, it's 100 percent fake. I mean, I'm not going to touch that. We couldn't anyway, I think the Supreme Court's made that pretty clear."
Norfolk resident Kathleen McCarthy is well aware that Cuccinelli, if elected as Virginia Governor, couldn’t deny women contraception.
"A state governor cannot arbitrarily deny a woman the use of contraceptives or abortion,” said Norfolk resident Kathleen McCarthy. “It's just stupid."
McCarthy also has a theory about why the contraception and abortion issue is hurting Cuccinelli in the polls.
"Because people don't understand the difference between federal law and state law,” she said.
And, in fact, the Supreme Court has made three rulings that govern abortion and contraception, the most prominent decision of course being Roe vs. Wade. However, both Rand Paul and Ken Cuccinelli do believe the debate in this country about when life begins should continue.
The Republican senator from Kentucky also spoke to students alongside Cuccinelli at Liberty University in Lynchburg and made another appearance in Fairfax Monday.
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