PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY -
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, Saturday, called Tuesday's election a "referendum on Obamacare."
Republican Cuccinelli campaigned with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker before a crowd of about 200 in Prince William County.
Republican Gov. Walker significantly reduced the power of unions representing state employees in Wisconsin, then survived a union-inpsired recall movement.
Virginia is a "right-to-work" state, where public employee unions are weak. Teachers unions, for example, are forbidden by law in Virginia from negotiating salaries.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has said publically he will not attempt to change Virginia's right-to-work status. Gov. Walker warned the crowd in Prince William County against trusting McAuliffe.
"I got a great question for you," said Walker to a responding crowd, "Great question. Who do you want in charge? Who do you want in charge in this Commonwealth? Do you want somebody who is going to side with the big government special interests? NO! Do you want someone who is going to side with the big govenrment labor unins? NO! Or do you want someone who is going to stand with the hardworking taxpayers of this Commonwealth? YES!"
Republican nominee Cuccinelli is behind in all polls, but he reminded voters that he was the first state attorney general to sue in an effort to stop implementation of the president's health care law.
"No more big government," said Cuccinelli. "No more Obamacare. No more denial of freedom for patients and for doctors. And for taking money from taxpayers for things that don't work. They can send that message with their vote on Tuesday. If they want to do that, I need their vote on Tuesday, November 5th. This is a referendum on Obamacare."
Cuccinelli told the crowd that winning in Prince William County is probably crucial to winning the election. In fact, voters in that jurisdiction have swung both ways on election days.
In 2008, Prince William County went strongly for Obama (58%). One year later, in the Virginia governor's race, voters in the same count went strongly for Republican Bob McDonnell (59%).
Last year, in the presidential election, Prince William again went strongly for Obama (57%).
The difference among the elections? Turnout. In the presidential year elections, turnout is roughly double the guberatorial years.
Both parties are now trying to mobilize likely supporters. Election Day in Virginia is Tuesday.
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