AP Political Writer
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Republican Ken Cuccinelli is taking advantage of a chance to come out swinging in a candidate forum with Democrat Terry McAuliffe in a bid to eat into McAuliffe's lead less than four weeks from Election Day.
The conservative attorney general opened by pushing back against the dominant public perception that Republicans are villains in shutting down parts of the federal government in a bid to defund the new health reform law. He noted that McAuliffe once warned lawmakers to not send him a state budget that didn't expand Medicaid under the new health law.
He also hit McAuliffe on his role in an electric-car plant locating in Mississippi rather than Virginia.
A Quinnipiac University poll Thursday showed McAuliffe expanding his lead over Cuccinelli from 3 percentage points to 8.
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