Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R), the Republican nominee for governor, endorsed his newly-nominated running mate, Bishop E.W. Jackson Sr., but refused to say whether he agreed with Jackson’s myriad controversial comments.
|LGBT Rights||Jackson opposes LGBT equality,claiming, “Homosexuality is a horrible sin, it poisons culture, it destroys families, it destroys societies; it brings the judgment of God unlike very few things that we can think of.”||Cuccinelli opposes LGBT equality,claiming, “When you look at the homosexual agenda, I cannot support something that I believebrings nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of their soul.”|
|Planned Parenthood||Jackson has attacked Planned Parenthood, calling it “more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.”||Cuccinelli has frequently attackedPlanned Parenthood, accusing them of having an “open willingness to participate in human trafficking,” and has suggested thefact that abortion clinics in Virginia are in urban areas with large African American populations is an example of white racism.|
|Health care||Jackson does not believe Virginia should comply with the Obamacare law, claiming, “Virginia is duty bound to DEFY NOT COMPLY with any federal encroachment on the rights and freedom of our people. Working families across the Commonwealth are disappointed that a Republican led General Assembly decided to COMPLY and NOT DEFY a law that will greatly hurt the economy and health care options affecting all Virginians.”||After Cuccinelli’s failed challengeto Obamacare in federal court, hesuggested Virginia might not need to comply with the law: “It’s not like there’s criminal penalties out there — it becomes a power struggle,” he noted, adding, “There have been periods of time when states have just thrown their hands up and said, ‘We’re not going to do this’… It’s still possible, but it’s outside the expected legal structure.|
|President Obama||Jackson has attacked President Obama for having “Muslim sensibilities,” claiming Obama “sees the world and Israel from a Muslim perspective.” He called Obama an anti-Semite, blaming “his Muslim associations and his long period of mentorship under Jeremiah Wright.”||Cuccinelli dabbled in birtherism in 2010, saying, “Someone is going to have to come forward with nailed down testimony that he was born in place B, wherever that is. You know, the speculation is Kenya. And that doesn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility.” He quicklybacked down.|