Below text is from Ken Cuccinelli's "The Cuccinelli Compass" which is a great insight into Ken Cuccinelli and his campaign.
Steve Shannon and I had our first debate on June 20th in Virginia Beach and the most notable thing about the debate was Steve's unwillingness to address many issues, including cap & trade and associated energy issues, right to work, partial birth abortion, global warming, and whether or not he'd resist Washington's impositions in some of these areas (i.e., whether he'd ever try to protect Virginia's sovereignty under the 10th Amendment).
Here is the ONLY press write-up of the debate (by Lawyers' Weekly), as there were no other reporters that came to the debate. Amazing: http://www.valawyersweekly.com/weeklyedition/2009/06/29/cuccinelli-shannon-face-off-in-ag-debate/
I think one of the most interesting aspects of the article is Steve's quote at the end of the article where he seems to say that the Attorney General is just supposed to give legal advice at the request of the Governor and the General Assembly. With all due respect - give me a break; however, it may be that Steve just intends not to advance any of his own initiatives and stick to strictly responding to what everyone else in the political arena does...
Campaigns are about differences and Steve and I differ on a wide variety of issues that matter to the Attorney General, and I want all of you to know about these so you can talk to your friends and neighbors about them.
I will address a few of these in any given issue of The Compass. Here are a few.
Right to work. I'm for it and Steve has voted against it. This is a critically important issue for Virginia's long-term economic health. Steve has a 100% AFL-CIO voting record every single year he's been in the House, and of course, I'm a guy that appreciates consistency like that... my AFL-CIO voting record has been 0% for all of my years in the Senate. Also, this year's NFIB (small business) ratings are out and I got a 100% for the last two years (again), while Steve got a 50% rating. So, if anyone asks you who is the pro-free market and pro-business candidate in the AG's race, now you know the answer.
In our debate, I indicated that I would fight attempts by Washington to undercut our right to work law. Steve refused to agree to protect Virginia.
Cap & Trade. Again, I committed to fighting Washington's imposition of this destructive energy tax scheme. Steve refused to address the issue. Did you know that Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth both oppose the cap & trade bill voted through the House of Representatives? Why? Because the both say it will do nothing to help the environment! What does that tell you? It tells me that cap & trade truly is nothing but an excuse to raise taxes. So, why won't Steve Shannon oppose it?
Property Rights. Steve has consistently voted against protecting property rights while I have led the fight to protect this fundamental individual right. This is a huge difference between us. Note that many special interests in Richmond hate the notion of more protection of property rights, as it gets in the way of the special deals they wrangle out of their unprincipled political allies (not surprisingly, the special interests are major political supporters of the same political allies that get their dirty work done for them).
Good Job Ken!
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