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E.W. Jackson, Lt. Gov Candidate, In 'Fundamental Agreement' With Ken Cuccinelli

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Since his nomination in May, Virginia's GOP lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson has faced heated scrutiny for past controversial statements. Now he wants the public to know that there is no sunlight between him and his running mate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R).

In a radio interview with WMAL, the conservative minister insisted the two were in "fundamental agreement.”

“I've heard that this ticket is probably more homogeneous than almost any ticket in the history of Virginia, so there’s no stark disagreement between us,” he said.

(Listen to Jackson's comments at the 7 minute mark above.)

Jackson has come under fire for once saying that Planned Parenthood had been more harmful to African-Americans than the Ku Klux Klan.

He wrote in 2010 that President Barack Obama "clearly has Muslim sensibilities," and warned for the future of Israel, as BuzzFeed reported. He also has a history of anti-gay statements.

Jackson has not apologized for his remarks.

"I don't have anything to rephrase or to apologize for," he said in the days following his nomination. "I would just say, people should not paint me as one-dimensional. I have a whole lot of concerns."

Cuccinelli has also not denounced Jackson's comments.

“It doesn’t change our message a lick,” Cuccinelli said when asked about Jackson's impact on the race. “He’s got to defend all his own statements and he’s going to go about doing that, but we run our own race.”

Cuccinelli is running against former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe in November's general election.

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