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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's book tour begins this weekend

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Virginia Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor Ken Cuccinelli will hit the road this weekend to promote his new book, which first appeared in bookstores Tuesday.

The outspoken conservative and new author is scheduled to sign copies of his book, "The Last Line of Defense," Friday evening at a Barnes & Noble in Fredericksburg, and he will follow it up Saturday at 2 p.m. with a stop at a Tysons Barnes & Noble, The Washington Examiner has learned.

The two events are part of an all-out media blitz by Cuccinelli, which included an appearance on national conservative talk radio host Mark Levin's show Monday. He is also slated for FOX's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, FOX and Friends, C-SPAN's Book TV, CNBC's Kudlow Report, and other Virginia and national radio shows.

"The Last Line of Defense" is a blistering attack on President Obama, his administration, and the growth of the federal government, providing plenty of red meat to the Tea Party supporters that have fueled his bid for governor. In the book, Cuccinelli criticizes Obama's health care reforms, long-standing entitlement programs like Medicare, and even communities that build public pools with taxpayer dollars. It is an unabashed defense of conservative principles without restraint and he encourages his fellow Republicans to stand by their beliefs and do the same.

The book, which was co-written with Cuccinelli spokesman Brian Gottstein and came with a $30,000 advance, has already become a lightning rod for attacks from the political left. On Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers poked fun at the text while holding a dramatic reading in the General Assembly Building.

Cuccinelli will likely face Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the race to replace Gov. Bob McDonnell. While McAuliffe has spent the recent months, if not years, traveling the state to build support for his bid, Cuccinelli has been much quieter on the campaign trail, though his book tour will change that.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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