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VA Politicians Comment on Government Shutdown

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Virginia stands to lose big right now. With only five weeks until Election Day, the Washington gridlock is becoming the latest attack in the race for governor.  

Virginia politicians love to point out what separates the commonwealth from the gridlock of Washington, D.C. Now, with a federal shutdown entering its second day, both sides have a similar message. 

The blame game surrounding the federal government shutdown has landed in Richmond.

"It's going to have a greater impact, probably greater in Virginia than any other place in the country," said Delegate David Toscano.

Charlottesville delegate and House Democratic Leader David Toscano says Republicans in Congress are to blame for the ongoing gridlock on Capitol Hill - and says Ken Cuccinelli is no different.

"He has been aligned with the Ted Cruz's of the country," said Toscano.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Richmond say Terry McAuliffe would bring Washington-style politics to Richmond.

"Terry has looked directly into a camera on several occasions and said 'I will not sign a budget,'" said Garren Shipley, of the Republican Party of Virginia. "He's holding Virginia's budget hostage."

So does Cuccinelli approve of what's happening in Washington? Will McAuliffe avoid signing a state budget? In last week's NBC debate, both men said, simply, no.

"None of us want to see a government shutdown," said Cuccinelli.

"I will work in a bipartisan way to get it done," said McAuliffe.

Although both have rebuked Congress for not finding a compromise, new poll numbers show most people blame congressional Republicans for the federal shutdown.

Analysts expect that will weigh more heavily on Cuccinelli, set to appear this weekend alongside Republican Senator Ted Cruz. 

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