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Cuccinelli tells FOX Business he is "looking forward" to suing feds in court on health care

Rosalind Helderman

Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli appeared Wednesday evening with Neil Cavuto on FOX Business Network to discuss this week's approval by Virginia's Democratic-controlled state Senate of bill making it illegal to require an individual to purchase health care. Cuccinelli said the 23 to 17 vote "set a bar that we do not accept the individual mandate for our citizens."

And Cuccinelli told the national audience that he is itching to challenge the federal government over the issue, should Congress approve legislation requiring inviduals to buy insurance. "I'm looking forward to that contest if they want to bring that fight," he said.

Watch the appearance here.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 4, 2010; 7:30 AM ET
Categories:  General Assembly 2010 , Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate  
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"National Audience? FBC barely even registers. Bad hockey games attract more people. BTW Virgina, congrats, you elected someone to attorney general who doesn't seme to give a lick about the actual job, just throwing rhetorical firecrackers.

Posted by: EricS2 | February 4, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

In much the same way that some on the right rail against 'activist' judges, Cuccinelli is using, and will continue to use, the attorney general's office as his own personal soapbox, pursuing his social agenda and laws that he doesn't like. An attorney general should enforce the laws, not angle to get on Fox News and be selective about which laws or parts of the Constitution he'll uphold or won't uphold. I don't like it when a Democrat has this attitude and approach to the law, I don't like it when a Republican does.

Posted by: ChrisD4 | February 4, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Looks like Ken will use his four years to get on Fox News as often as possible and launch himself into the national GOP scene.

Meanwhile I am sure there are issues a real AG would be attending to in Virginia, that would actually benefit Virginians. Ken is going to argue against 200 years of case law in front of the cameras.

Posted by: BurtReynolds | February 4, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I find it disappointing that Mr. Cuccinelli has taken to selectively interpreting the law to fit his political ideology. Two weeks ago he said Federal Law trumps Virginia law in his first position as Virginia Attorney General in allowing a Republican State Senator Robert Hurt to fundraise during the Legislative session. Now he is saying this Virginia Law trumps a non-existing Federal law about mandated health coverage.

Posted by: jeffreysachs | February 4, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Tough guy when on Fox. Singing to the choir. Playing to the base, rather than serve all of Viriginia. Next stop: Governor primary 2013.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 4, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

To BurtReynolds: The ENTIRE point of the "Constitution as written" movement is that the Constitution should be the law of the land, not the 200 years of case law now studied in law schools that enviscerated the Constitution.

It's simple. The Founding Fathers understood that human nature is not perfectable and doesn't change. They wrote the Constitution to protect citizens from predators but also to protect us from the federal govt.

Progressivism is a watered down version of 19th century idealism of perfectability of man that led to Marxism, new Soviet man, and buckets of blood as the only way to force citizens to work for greater good, rather than for their own families, which is where we have arrived at in the U.S. of A.

I applaud A.G. Cuccinelli and anyone else willing to thwack the monster that is devouring us all.

Posted by: Meritorious_Soso | February 4, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

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