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Dueling petitions on health care collect thousands of signatures

Rosalind Helderman

In a sign of the heightened emotions surrounding the health-care debate, competing petitions supporting and opposing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health-care bill have each collected thousands of names in just a few days.

Cuccinelli tweeted about the petition to support his efforts Tuesday. By early Thursday afternoon, the "Stop the Mandate, Support Liberty Now" petition had more than 6,900 signatures.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party of Virginia put out a letter to supporters this morning indicating that more than 8,300 people signed the party's petition opposing Cuccinelli's lawsuit since they began circulating it online Wednesday.

Online petitions tend to be more a measure of how effectively the petitioning organization uses social media and other Internet tools to publicize the petition. But the number of names on both pages is a sign of the passion surrounding the issue.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 25, 2010; 2:57 PM ET
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

10,951 as of this moment on Stop the Mandate Support Liberty Now. I did not see a way to see the count on the Democratic party of Virginia site.

Posted by: BruceFairfax | March 27, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

13,672 as of this moment

Posted by: BruceFairfax | March 31, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

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