Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, now the likely Republican nominee for governor next year, gave what amounted to his first speech of the 2013 campaign today during the state Republican Party’s annual “advance” in Virginia Beach.
And it is clear from the text of Cuccinelli’s remarks that he doesn’t buy the argument that his party needs a makeover after losing the presidential election and the U.S. Senate race in Virginia.
“Well, one thing I know Virginians don’t want, don’t need, and sure as heck can’t afford, and that’s two Democrat parties!,” Cuccinelli said. “Look friends, Virginia once again has an opportunity – this is an opportunity to show the country that conservatism isn’t dead… that it’s not old or worn out – and that it’s still alive and thriving!”
Cuccinelli appears to have a clear path to the GOP nomination after Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling dropped out of the contest earlier this week. Cuccinelli saluted Bolling today, saying: “I appreciated my time in the Senate with him, where I can hardly remember disagreeing with him on an issue, and where I can remember voting right along side him in some tense and difficult fights.”
The full text of Cuccinelli’s remarks can be found here.
– Michael Sluss