Former Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli walks around the convention floor during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

On Thursday I had the opportunity to speak with Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli about his current thoughts on the Trump administration and Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election.

Cuccinelli, one of Virginia’s most prominent constitutional conservatives, served in the Virginia Senate for eight years before becoming Attorney General of Virginia in 2010. He narrowly lost a bid for Governor of Virginia in 2013, and finished his term as Attorney General of the Commonwealth in 2013.

Cuccinelli, who endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president in 2016, hasn’t been shy about criticizing Trump in the past. However, he was candid about what he believes the President’s administration has done well so far.

He noted Trump’s judicial picks and cutting of federal regulations have been “spectacular,” and he hopes the president will continue to uphold his campaign promises regarding regarding them.

Cuccinelli expressed his frustration towards the repeated failures of repealing Obamacare, adding that Senate leadership is predominately to blame.

“No disappointment will match the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare,” he said. Cuccinelli said that tax cuts and immigration reform “would be great,” but that Republicans should first keep their promises on repealing Obamacare.

He argues that the free market is best suited to handle the healthcare needs of consumers, echoing the thoughts of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

When it comes to Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election, Cuccinelli seems confident that Republican nominee Ed Gillespie will be able to bring the GOP to victory.

“It’s been a much quieter race,” he said, adding that it all comes down to “how many people show up.”

While some believe Virginia’s November 7th elections will be a “referendum” on Trump, Cuccinelli doesn’t seem to think that will be the case.

“Odd year elections aren’t trendsetting really,” he said. “Sometimes they are, and sometimes they aren’t. It’s too difficult to tell.”

Cuccinelli concluded by saying he hopes to see the Corporate tax cut at the federal level soon, suggesting a cut from 35 percent to 20 percent. If Gillespie is elected, he added, Virginia could quickly follow suit.

 

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