ARLINGTON, VA.In the waning days of the Virginia governor's race, President Obama made a personal push for Democrat Terry McAuliffe's candidacy by tying his opponent, Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, to the recent and unpopular government shutdown.
"You've seen an extreme faction of the Republican Party that has shown again and and again and again that they're willing to hijack the entire party and the country and the economy and grind progress to an absolute halt if they don't get 100 percent of what they want," Mr.
The president said the shutdown - which had an outsized effect on Virginia's many federal workers - is not "in the rearview mirror...[Virginia voters] understand that that is not how you govern and that is not how you move America forward."
National issues that have sorely divided Democrats and Republicans spilled into the race as Obama rallied for McAuliffe just outside Washington. As Obama tore into Cuccinelli as a compromise-averse ideologue, Cuccinelli was telling his supporters that Tuesday's election will be a referendum on Obama's unpopular health care law and McAuliffe's support for it.
"This isn't a game," Mr. Obama told a crowd of 1,600 who were in a high school gymnasium for the event. "There are very real consequences when you operate ideologically, the way some of these folks do."
As a contrast, Obama told Virginians that a vote for McAuliffe would be a vote for progress.