Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli stopped in Staunton Friday. He is trying to drum up voter support as he attempts to distance himself from the gift scandal surrounding Governor Bob McDonnell.
Cuccinelli toured the Shenandoah Spring Water Plant as part of his "Growing Virginia Jobs & Opportunity" tour.
Some of the plant's workers raised concerns about Virginia's economy and Cuccinelli's outlook on that front. Cuccinelli said that's one of his priorities. Afterward, he took questions from the media.
NBC29 asked about Cuccinelli's ties to Star Scientific, the firm from which McDonnell is accused of accepting lavish gifts.
"It's disappointing for us all to see, and I'm no exception for that," Cuccinelli said. "There are two investigations running right now. One of them began with my referral, and so as the sitting attorney general, I think it's appropriate that I be pretty reserved in my comments, so I'll leave it at that."
Cuccinelli added that he believes Virginians deserve greater transparency in government.
He also addressed the debate on health care, and reaffirmed that he is against the Affordable Care Act.
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