Saturday, June 15, 2013

Herring claims victory in first debate against Obenshain

From the campaign of Mark Herring for Attorney General:

VIRGINIA BEACH – In their first debate of the general election campaign, Senator Mark Herring (Loudoun & Fairfax) quickly and repeatedly drew a stark and clear contrast with his Republican opponent Senator Mark Obenshain and the extreme Tea Party ticket.

“Senator Obenshain and I couldn’t be farther apart on the issues Virginians care about,” Herring stated. “He sees the law through the prism of radical extremism.”

In the days leading up to today’s debate, Obenshain had attempted to distance himself from the extreme views of his ticket-mate E.W. Jackson. But Herring said that Virginians need only look at Obenshain’s record in the Senate to find there is no difference between the two men.

“Much has been made of E.W. Jackson’s rhetoric but the truth is that Senator Obenshain votes like E.W. Jackson talks. Through the power of his Senate seat, he’s not only given those views a powerful voice, he put these extreme views to work through legislation he proposed, in amendments, in committee action and votes on the Senate floor.”

“It’s a fair question,” Herring stated, “Who is more dangerous: the candidate who makes radical speeches, or the politician who tried to turn those radical ideas into law? I’d answer both are deeply disturbing.”

From restricting women’s reproductive rights including sponsoring a bill to force women to report miscarriages to the police, to discriminating against LGBT Virginians, to opposing common sense measures to reduce gun violence, and opposing the bipartisan transportation compromise, Herring explained that the Cuccinelli-Jackson-Obenshain ticket would take Virginia in an extreme direction.

“I have a different idea about the job of Attorney General,” Herring said. “I believe in the quaint notion that the law, not extremist politics, is the essence of the job.”

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Mark Herring has gone straight to the heart of what this campaign is about: Mark Obenshain's attempt to flee from his own extreme record and his flawed running mate E.W. Jackson. When people here E.W. Jackson's extreme, over the top rhetoric, they instantly understand how wrong he is for Virginia. What this year's Democratic ticket has to make clear is how Ken Cuccinelli and Mark Obenshain have tried to implement the extreme social agenda that E.W. Jackson has only talked about so far. Cuccinelli and Obenshain are living the creed that Jackson promotes, and they are trying to impose that creed of intolerance on the rest of Virginia.

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