Planned Parenthood President Stumps for McAuliffe in CvillePosted: Updated: Oct 26, 2013 10:01 PM
The campaign clock is ticking. The polls will close in Virginia in 10 days.
Stumping for gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Cecile Richards stopped in Charlottesville to drum up enthusiasm and get the vote out. Richards made three stops in Virginia Saturday for McAuliffe. One of those was to the Democratic campaign headquarters in Charlottesville.
"McAuliffe is a strong supporter of women's rights and women's healthcare, while Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli has been trying to get rid of Planned Parenthood," Richards stated. "The record of Ken Cuccinelli is the most extreme of any attorney general I can think of in the country."
Female voters play a big part in McAuliffe's lead over Cuccinelli. But the polls won't matter if registered voters don't turn out on Election Day.
A big part of both campaigns in the last days before the election is to drum up enough enthusiasm to get supporters to the ballot box. Richards is part of that effort for the Democrats. Her message resonates with Jane Lawson from Charlottesville.
"Women in the future, as well as today, are going to have to control our lives, our health, and for women that definitely means controlling our reproduction. If we cannot control our reproduction the rest of our lives are out of control," she said.
University of Virginia third year student John Wilson said he was happy to see Richards out stumping.
"I think in these short of choices that is the sort of choice to be made with a woman and her doctor. I don't think that is something we really can legislate out of existence," he said.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's campaign had this response Saturday:
"It's no surprise that Planned Parenthood is spending money to smear Ken Cuccinelli's long record of protecting women. Terry McAuliffe has no plan for Virginia, no experience in governing."
Both campaigns for governor will bring in big star power next week to help get out the vote.
McAuliffe will campaign across the commonwealth with his close friend, former president Bill Clinton starting Sunday. That will include a rally Wednesday at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville.
On Monday, Cuccinelli will campaign with GOP congressman Rand Paul.
Editors Note: The editor error on this article has been corrected to reflect that the statement "McAuliffe is a strong supporter of women's rights and women's healthcare, while Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli has been trying to get rid of Planned Parenthood" was a direct quote by Cecile Richards.