Nov. 3 - Tapping into voter anger over the 16-day government shutdown, President Obama turns attention to Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, days before to Virginia's upcoming governor's election. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats attempt to tap into voter anger about a 16-day government shutdown and turn Virginia's upcoming governor's election into a referendum on Tea Party conservatives. With Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe leading polls over Republican Ken Cuccinelli before Tuesday's vote, Obama and Democratic speakers at a rally in the Washington suburb of Arlington pressed party activists to focus on turning out the vote. "You've seen an extreme faction of the Republican party, that has shown again and again and again, that they're willing to hijack the entire party, and the country and the economy and grind progress to an absolute halt, if they don't get one-hundred percent of what they want," President Obama remarked. "Here in Virginia you felt the pain of the first government shutdown in seventeen years," he added. The leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate, McAuliffe, echoed the president's remarks. "Ted Cruz who was the Texas senator who was the architect of the government shutdown, took time off from causing the gridlock in D.C., to come to Virginia to actually campaign for Ken Cuccinelli," McAuliffe said. Northern Virginia's Washington suburbs, where many government employees and contractors live, was hit particularly hard by the government shutdown last month that resulted from a stalemate over the U.S. budget and debt ceiling that Americans for the most part blamed on Republicans. The party that controls the White House usually loses congressional seats in years when there is not a presidential election, but Democrats are hoping to hold their own by campaigning against the Tea Party in 2014. The residual voter anger in the aftermath of the government shutdown seems to be helping McAuliffe, a wealthy businessman known mostly for his prodigious fund-raising for Democratic candidates, particularly Bill and Hillary Clinton, who have already campaigned for him. Vice President Joe Biden is to campaign for McAuliffe on Monday. .