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.
“I know sometimes folks in Congress can get away with acting irresponsibly, acting like compromise is a bad word, maybe it’s good for their political prospects or maybe it’s good for their political districts,” Obama said at a rally for Democrat Terry McAuliffe. “But you cannot afford to have a governor who’s thinking the same way.”
“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.