Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II got in a sharp exchange over his past support for “personhood” legislation Tuesday while bringing his campaign pitch for governor to a bipartisan audience of senior citizens in Loudoun County.
Cuccinelli (R) faces businessman Terry McAuliffe (D) in the contest to run the commonwealth, and both are focused on wooing vote-rich Northern Virginia. McAuliffe and fellow Democrats have sought to boost his share of female voters by portraying Cuccinelli as an extremist on issues involving women’s health, including his backing of a bill that says life begins at fertilization. Republicans have called that an attempt to distract from more important issues, including the economy and job creation.
At the Ashby Ponds retirement community in Ashburn, the Republican was asked by a woman whether, as governor, he would “support and sign personhood legislation that contains restrictions on birth-control medication and birth-control devices.”
“I don’t think government should be doing anything about birth control. . . . So, no, I would not,” Cuccinelli responded. “Government legislation shouldn’t address contraception.”