Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) slammed Virginia Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in a campaign email Thursday, comparing the Republican to other "backward-looking ideologues."
Warren said it's "scary" that Cuccinelli could be governor if he wins the race against Democrat Terry McAuliffe in November. Warren cited Cuccinelli's views on women's rights, saying she's "sick of debating these social issues like it's 1913, not 2013."
Read Warren's full email below:
I was in a state of disbelief when House Republicans said they would shut down the government unless there were changes to the law so that employers could deny women access to birth control.
But then I heard about what Ken Cuccinelli had done in Virginia and realized this wasn't a new playbook – and that maybe I shouldn't have been surprised.
Cuccinelli, the right-wing Attorney General of Virginia, almost derailed Virginia's budget in 2008 in an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. And he sponsored a bill that could have banned common forms of birth control. Even the pill.
Now here's the scary thing: In just 12 days, Ken Cuccinelli could become governor of Virginia.
I don't normally write to you about governor's races, but I'm sick of debating these social issues like it's 1913, not 2013.
And I'd rather write an email now – asking you to donate to Terry McAuliffe's campaign for Governor to stop Ken Cuccinelli – than to have to send another email later about how to stop Ken Cuccinelli after he declares victory.
Over the past several years, the Republicans haven't had control in Washington, but they've had more luck pushing their radical agenda in the states.
We've seen a slew of backward-looking ideologues – like Scott Walker in Wisconsin – chip away at our core values like collective bargaining and women's rights.
The last thing we need is Ken Cuccinelli joining their ranks.
Terry McAuliffe's election is just 12 days away. Stop Ken Cuccinelli and the anti-woman agenda by supporting Terry right now.
I can't believe we are having conversations like this in 2013, but we are. So we need to fight back.