President Obama on Sunday sought to link Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli to Tea Party Republicans in Congress, noting that Virginia was one of the states hit hardest by last month’s government shutdown.
“The governor — that’s a practical job. That’s what a governor does,” he said. “They can’t afford to be to be ideologues, they’ve got to be able work with everybody and compromise and get the job done.”
Obama spoke at a McAuliffe rally at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va., urging McAuliffe supporters to turn out and vote in Tuesday’s race, even though the former Democratic National Committee chairman has a comfortable lead in most polls.
“Nothing makes me more nervous than when my supporters start feeling too confident, so I want to put the fear of God in all of you,” Obama said. “Virginia historically has always been a swing state, and this race will be close because past races in Virginia have always been close.
Obama in his 21-minute speech did not mention his signature healthcare law, which has been marred by problems and a frequent target of Cuccinelli in the race.
"Terry McAuliffe is joining President Obama today for a grand celebration of ObamaCare, just days after it was revealed that the president was intentionally misleading the American people about their ability to keep their preferred health plans," Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix said in a statement.