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article imageRon Paul stumps for Cuccinelli, draws on Libertarian themes

By Michael Krebs     Nov 5, 2013 in Politics
Richmond - Headlining at the closing rally of Ken Cuccinelli's gubernatorial bid in Virginia on Monday night, former long-term congressman and presidential contender Ron Paul (R-TX) talked up nullification and Libertarian themes.
Virginia Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli closed his campaign on Monday night with a decidedly Libertarian flair, bringing in arguably the poster boy of modern Libertarianism, former congressman and presidential hopeful Ron Paul (R-TX), to stump for Cuccinelli and to perhaps present a last-minute appeal to undecided Libertarian and Independent voters in Virginia, as CNN reported.
While it remained unclear what immediate sway Paul would have on Cuccinelli's prospects, the applause Paul drew showcased his enduring popularity among engaged voters.
"I've done very little traveling and campaigning this time around, but this one I came to because I know your candidate is a defender of liberty," Paul said to a welcoming crowd.
And then Paul got to the business at hand, driving home the Libertarian message that Virginia residents have welcomed for generations, openly suggesting the nullification of Obamacare.
“Jefferson obviously was a clear leader on the principle of nullification,” Paul said, according to Politico. “I’ve been working on the assumption that nullification is going to come. It’s going to be a de facto nullification. It’s ugly, but pretty soon things are going to get so bad that we’re just going to ignore the feds and live our own lives in our own states.”
The echo of Jefferson spoken at a Richmond, Virginia forum - the former mecca of the confederacy - was not lost on the crowd. However, Paul's comments - and his presence in general - were needed to influence the direction of today's election.
The latest poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, reflected a 6 percent lead for Democrat Terry McAuliffe, as The Roanoke Times reported.
The Virginia gubernatorial race was an ugly one, with attack ads launched by both sides. But McAuliffe was able to outspend Cuccinelli considerably and was able also to hurt the republican's public image.
The attacks on Cuccinelli struck a cord with Paul, who spoke of defending those that defend the constitution.
“I don’t know whether Ken calls himself a libertarian or not,” Paul said, “but I know he’s a constitutionalist.”
“Ken has been targeted because they want to humiliate those who would stand up for the Constitution,” Paul added.
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