In their first debate in the campaign to be Virginia’s next governor, Terry McCauliffe criticized his opponent Ken Cucinnelli for his long track record of bigotry and support for discrimination against gay people. Cucinnelli did not defend himself but said that his views haven’t changed a bit:
McAuliffe repeatedly attacked Cuccinelli throughout the Virginia Bar Association debate in Hot Springs, VA for his record of demonizing science, women’s health, and LGBT people. Twice, McAuliffe noted that Cuccinelli had called LGBT Virginians “soulless” and “self-destructive” and that his attempts to rescind non-discrimination protections have hurt Virginia’s business climate.
Cuccinelli consistently ignored the attacks until moderator Judy Woodruff asked him directly about his previous comments. Cuccinelli responded briefly, saying, “My personal beliefs about the personal challenges of homosexuality haven’t changed.” He then said that as governor he he would “create an environment” economically every Virginian has opportunity.
That’s a non-sequitur. “I’ll make the economy grow, so it doesn’t matter that I still think gay people should be fired just for being gay.” But it’s kind of refreshing that he’s owning up to it, unlike his running mate, Bishop E.W. Jackson, who has said even more disgusting things about gay people but now says he’s being taken out of context.