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Thursday, September 26, 2013

McAuliffe's Big Debate Gaffe

You won't read this in the mainstream media reports this morning but McAuliffe made a major gaffe in last night's Gubernatorial Debate hosted by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.  Former Delegate Chris Saxman has the story over on Bearing Drift:
When asked what Virginia should do in the wake of the horrific shooting at the Navy Yard, Terry McAuliffe went all in on gun control advocating for an assault weapons ban, magazine limitation, one handgun a month restriction, and universal background checks. Six weeks away from the election in which the best turnout estimates are 40%, McAuliffe gave Cuccinelli an Alabama offensive line blocking hole on the only hot button issue that blows up the polling crosstabs – guns.
Yes, he won forever the admiration of Piers Morgan, but he very well could have lost the election.
Saxman used to represent part of the rural Shenandoah Valley.  He knows just how important gun owners are and how much they value their rights.  Saxman also knows that these gun owners are not the stereotypical old white male and are more and more, women, who own firearms for self-defense:
While the narrative laid out by the media is that all NRA, gun rights activists are mouth breathing, tobacco chewing rednecks, the reality in the political world is that many women in this Commonwealth rely on guns for self-defense.
The most ardent gun rights people in my Shenandoah Valley House of Delegates district were women. They would grab my arm during parades looking right at the back of my retina and say with grinding teeth “Don’t take my gun.”
All of the polls so a significant gender gap between the two candidates.  Will McAuliffe's comments related to gun control push some of those women who might have been leaning toward him over to Cuccinelli?  We'll have to wait and see.  But what McAuliffe did do was give enthusiasm to a block of Cuccinelli voters.  Enthusiasm could also lead to more donations for Cuccinelli.  The two can add up to a potent final round for the Attorney General.

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