Cuccinelli has a “major announcement” at 1 PM (Updated x2)Politics

At 1 PM Wednesday, the Cuccinelli campaign promises to unleash a “major announcement” about the McAuliffe campaign. So major that they have set up a live feed link for the event:



Live streaming video by Ustream

This may be interesting. The headline at the website is “Terry’s vision for Virginia — Free lunches and poor math.”

Okay. But the words “major announcement” used in the press release set the bar quite high. If it is genuine news, great. If it’s a rehash of what we have already heard, that’s bad.

We’ll know which it is at 1.

UPDATE: Or maybe the campaign has already told the Washington Post

The major announcement could be all about the price tag for Terry McAuliffe’s programs:

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli II (R) has tallied up the cost of his Democratic opponent’s wish list and found that Terry McAuliffe would need nearly $14 billion in new tax revenue to fulfill his campaign promises in the next four years, according to a draft of the Republican’s analysis.

Cuccinelli’s campaign said McAuliffe’s expansive vision of Virginia government means that taxes would have to increase by more than $1,700 on a typical family of four to pay for everything.

“McAuliffe wants to spend 60 times more money than is available to him,” according to a draft of the Republican’s analysis.

Now the “major announcement” could be something entirely different, but given the title of the viewing page for the live feed — “free lunch” — I doubt it.

This would put the announcement squarely in the “not new” category. The candidates have debated this issue in the past.

Are McAuliffe’s ideas costly? You bet. Does he have a way to pay for them? Aside from Medicaid expansion, no — and even that supposed windfall relies upon dodgy assumptions. Would any of McAuliffe’s ideas be adopted if he is governor? Doubtful, and even more so if he fails to crack 50 percent of the vote.

And on a side note, I do find it very interesting that the Post has this story beforehand.

UPDATE 2 — Yes, it’s all about the price tag

The official documents, oddly and irritatingly embargoed by the campaign until 1 PM (unless you are the Washington Post) can be read here.

I understand that Cuccinelli is briefing the MSM on a conference call about all of this right now.

  • Cowabunga1000

    From the headline, I thought maybe Cooch was going to suspend his campaign and seek treatment…

  • Jerel C. Wilmore

    So it’s just a stunt; a second attempt to “reboot” his failing campaign.

  • DJRippert

    Someday, after the election, I hope those of you who blog on this site will write a description of what Cuccinelli has been thinking during the campaign. Campaigning with Ted Cruz during a government shutdown? Abandoning his education platform message after it garnered substantial positive interest when it was announced. Writing a book that gave ammo to the enemy. Defending an obviously unconstitutional anti-sodomy law that makes oral sex between married heterosexuals illegal. Flip flopping repeatedly on what he should do about Star Scientific. Taking personal gifts from CONSOL Energy when that company is involved in a lawsuit against Virginians.

    At this time last year people saw Cuccinelli as the steely – eyed political genius who would mop the floor with inexperienced Terry McAuliffe. What happened?

    • nmill005

      Ken believed his own hype. That is what happened. He listens and speaks only to his base. His base believe the polls are wrong and he is going to pull this out. We saw the same thing with Romney…famously with Karl Rove making a fool of himself on Fox. You can see in the tone here that even BD thinks this election is slipping away more and more every day.

      I do agree with you, it would be a fascinating study and I hope BD does do a critique. More importantly, I hope RPV does. Sadly, I believe all we will see is continued Libertarian bashing by both.

      • Doug Brown

        Romney’s conservative base?

        • nmill005

          Yes, clearly he didn’t have one, but I was really referring to conservatives at the time refusing to believe the poll numbers, insisting the numbers weren’t as bad as the polls showed and trying to discredit every poll that went against them. We see how well that worked out.

          • Doug Brown

            Karl Rove is no conservative. He’s a parasite on the Conservative base.

      • DJRippert

        Well, you never know. Doug Wilder looked doomed right up to election day as I recall. Then, he won. Maybe Cooch will pull it out.

        But if he doesn’t pull it out then I’d think conservative bloggers and the RPV would ask how this could have happened. McAuliffe is a pretty unlikely challenger. He lost the primary four years ago.

        • nmill005

          He is a very unlikely challenger. That is what makes this implosion so fascinating.

        • Lee Vogler

          Doug Wilder was ahead by 10 points in the polls right before Election Day. Then he barely pulled it out. Did he look like a longshot 7 months prior to the Election? Yes. But in the final weeks before Election Day? No.

          • DJRippert

            I stand corrected. I remembered that there was a dramatic shift right before the election but got the details wrong. I should look these things up rather than trying to remember what happened so long ago. Thanks for the correction.

          • Lee Vogler

            No worries. But Ken does have a lot of work to do if he’s going to pull this out.

          • midwestconservative

            *cough* bradley effect.
            Though maybe Ken should try to get Wilder’s endorsement.

        • midwestconservative

          I could come up with five
          1) Bad Campaign
          2) Bob’s scandals over the summer
          3) the fundraising difference
          4) Bill Bolling
          5) The Convention and Jackson
          Bonus
          6) Ken’s vulnerabilities on social issues and his inability ( or unwillingness)to combat T-Macs narrative
          7) Bad Campaign
          8) Bad Campaign
          9) Bad Campaign
          10) Tea Party jerkoffs

    • midwestconservative

      He didn’t campaign with Ted, he made a quick stage right exit before Ted walked onto the floor.

      • DJRippert

        He shouldn’t have been in the same city as Ted Cruz, let alone on the same stage. No state gets more (per capita) from the federal government than Virginia. Hanging around with the architect of the federal shutdown was just plain dumb.

        • Doug Brown

          An impromptu debate might have been good for both of them.

          • midwestconservative

            The unfortunate thing is this ( and I do in fact like Ted Cruz, as a Senator) but many have now put Ted on such a high pedastal that he can essentially do as he pleases. If Ken were to debate Ted, the Tea Party would take Ted’s side, and even start labeling Ken a “RINO” who supports obamacare, even though such talk is completely bunk, and Ken has been fighting the fight far longer then the Junior Senator from Texas.

          • Doug Brown

            Ken doesn’t have the luxury to be cautious anymore he has to decide whether he wants be Governor of Virginia, or a FOX news commentator. He has to do all three of the items you listed below and he has to do on a middle class guy’s budget and his supporters have to pitch in and help him in every way they can.

          • midwestconservative

            I don’t think Ken will end up in Fox, he’d probably go work as a constitutional/legal counsel for one think tank or another. Maybe Heritage foundation. That OR if he loses he could always run for Wolf’s seat when Wolf retires.
            As far as doing all three, your right,he really needs to do all three, but I’m afraid that if he tries he’ll be ineffective in all three and that he only really has enough money to do one effectively

  • ordinaryguy75

    I thought he was going to endorse Sarvis.

  • Doug Brown

    Nice job Ken, and you didn’t even get into where much of the money will really go to once they take it out of our pockets, i.e., Terry’s.

  • nmill005

    Swing and a miss. Sad to see what was once a promising political future fall so mightily. The longer this campaign goes on, the more of a statement I believe Sarvis is going to make on election day.

    • Doug Brown

      The only statement that Sarvis will make on election day is a concession speech and the only Libertarian with any brains, but no ethics, who will vote for the clown is a Libertarian who hopes to make a buck or two off a possible McAuliffe victory.

      • Brad Froman

        No matter the outcome, Mr. Brown, we libertarians will take the high road and be proud of our efforts. You, apparently, plan to blame everyone else if Cuccinelli loses.

        • Doug Brown

          Claiming the moral high ground? Isn’t that a Libertarian perpetual gripe against Social Conservatives? But claiming the moral high ground by possibly helping to elect Terry McAuliffe? That’s brilliant, just brilliant.

          Ken will win because he ‘s the only man running with the integrity, brains and humility do a decent job in the job, any other outcome and we all lose in Virginia.

  • Xerxes

    What is the latest on that rumor I was hearing from some blogger friends of mine that a woman from Terry’s college days is about to go public on a serious allegation against him?

  • Xerxes

    http://www.turnto10.com/story/23644340/insurance-companies-file-suit-against-caramadre

    Uh-oh! October Surprise just broke against Terry McAulliffe!!!!

    • midwestconservative

      Ken doesn’t have enough money to capitalize on it anyway. Ken only has enough money to go in one direction, and he has three to choose from.
      1) debunk Terry’s attacks against him ( I saw an ad of him doing this, but I doubt it will go far)
      2) attack Terry and make the electorate hate him more ( hasn’t worked so far, but it appears to be the option the Campaign is going for, I doubt it will work)
      3) Find his “Big idea” and make the electorate like him, relatively. ( the best way to win the election, and the least likely to work at this late of date, and also the least likely idea his campaign will try)
      Ken has ( optimistically) enough money to pick one of those and stick with it and hope it puts him within the margin of error on election day.

      • DJRippert

        He needs to go “all in” on education. I think that’s his last hope.

        • midwestconservative

          If that’s his big idea then he needs to stick with it and needs to happen six weeks before now. Preferably if he had enough money he should do all three, but as I said I’d estimate he only has enough money to do one.

          • Doug Brown

            Gee if Ken had all that money that Karl Rove has been sucking out of the Republican grassroots for years, I guess we wouldn’t be at this crossroads.

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