Career crony turned perennial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s staked his entire bid for the Virginia Governor’s Mansion on demagoguing Ken Cuccinelli’s stances on social issues.
A recent Washington Times editorial summed up the central strategy of the Democrat’s all-too predictable campaign: retread Obama’s scorched earth tactics to cast Cuccinelli as anti-woman, all to cover up his glaring lack of substance.
Independent fact checkers have repeatedly debunked mudslinging by the McAuliffe camp, including a recent ad accusing Cuccinelli of trying to ban forms of contraception. The ad opens with an image of a package of birth control pills, as a voiceover says, "These are birth control pills. More than half of American women use them at some point in their lives. But Ken Cuccinelli sponsored a bill that could have made common forms of birth control illegal, including the pill."
This claim was countered by the Washington Post’s fact checker, which read “Republican Ken Cuccinelli did not back a bill or bills that would have explicitly banned some forms of contraceptive.”
Conservative columnist Mona Charen further exposed McAuliffe’s misleading rhetoric, writing, “This is preposterous. The purpose of personhood laws was to protect unborn babies from abortion and to ensure that babies "accidentally" born alive following an unsuccessful abortion would be treated as human beings with full rights. They are not remotely aimed at contraception.”
Another ad attacking Cuccinelli features a Norfolk gynecologist claiming the Republican nominee “wants to make all abortion illegal, even in cases of rape and incest, even to protect a woman’s health.”
Politifact ruled the ad “Mostly False,” noting that, “It’s not easy to overstate Cuccinelli’s objections to abortion, but McAuliffe’s ad manages to do just that.”
While Terry McAuliffe playing fast and loose with the truth is hardly breaking news, it is truly remarkable that he fibs even in instances like this one where the facts probably would have sufficed for his purposes.