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Va. gov campaigns hype, contort foes' words

Sunday - 6/23/2013, 1:56pm  ET

The candidates in their own words: Abortion

WTOP's Hank Silverberg reports

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The candidates in their own words: Right-to-work

WTOP's Hank Silverberg reports

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BOB LEWIS
AP Political Writer

RESTON, Va. (AP) -- When election day finally gets here, it may be hard to distinguish either major gubernatorial candidate's actual words and records from the distortions fostered by his opponent.

The campaigns of Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, and their allied party attack machines, have loosed unprecedented propaganda efforts with nearly daily dueling conference calls.

Each picks a statement or position from the opponent and designates partisan surrogates such as legislators, activists and party officials to attack it in a conference call. Usually there are claims that are at best hyperbole and sometimes fiction.

During the past week, Cuccinelli's campaign claimed McAuliffe would dismantle Virginia's 60-year-old right-to-work law. McAuliffe flatly says he won't.

Fact-checkers this week rated as false McAuliffe's recent claim that the top GOP priority is ending all abortion.


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