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The attorney general appeared with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Saturday.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
LYNCHBURG — Hundreds of people flocked to the Liberty Mountain Conference Center on Saturday night to hear from gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli and former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Saturday night marked the second time in a week that Virginia’s attorney general has met with supporters in the Lynchburg area.
“It’s important for me to talk to as many people in person,” Cuccinelli said.
Cuccinelli and multiple media outlets have reported that democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe has outspent him in the race to be governor. The attorney general said having Huckabee stump for him is a tremendous help.
“He gets them fired up,” Cuccinelli said. “People like him a lot. So do I.”
Cuccinelli preceded Huckabee Saturday night to point out differences between himself and McAuliffe.
One “billion-dollar difference” between the two is their outlook on the economy, Cuccinelli said. The attorney general argued that by limiting the power of the state government, Virginia residents will face fewer taxes.
“The best thing we can do for the economy is just get out of the way.”
Cuccinelli claimed Saturday night that his economic policies could reduce taxes by $700 for families of four. The attorney general said that by increasing government spending, McAuliffe could increase taxes for a family of that size by $1,700.
“My opponent can’t go into a room without promising new spending.”
Another difference lies with their ideas for Virginia’s energy, Cuccinelli said.
“He’s all in on the war on coal,” he said of McAuliffe.
According to McAuliffe’s campaign website, the democratic candidate supports investing in wind turbines and other means of clean, renewable energy. Saturday night, Cuccinelli quipped that his opponent hopes to draw energy from “solar, wind and gerbil wheels.”
Cuccinelli said that these energy plans could result in a 40 percent increase in electricity bills for Virginians.
In his speech, Huckabee said also that America should look to its coal and fossil fuels for energy.
“We’ve got enough that would fuel our country for hundreds of years.”
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