Ken Cuccinelli boasts tax cut plan in new ad

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Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is putting the $1.4 billion tax cut he proposed front and center of his gubernatorial campaign in Virginia with a new television ad that began airing Monday.

Cuccinelli's second ad of the race features the Republican candidate boasting that the personal and corporate income tax cuts he's advocating will be a boon for small businesses. Like the first 30-second spot, this one continues Cuccinelli's efforts to introduce himself to voters without a mention of his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe.

"I've a plan to make Virginia an engine for job growth," Cuccinelli says in the statewide spot, called "Your Side." "It starts with closing tax loopholes and putting an end to special interest giveaways. We'll use the savings to cut taxes for those who've earned it: job-creating small businesses and middle-class families."

Cuccinelli has proposed reducing the state's personal income tax rate from 5.75 percent to 5 percent, and cutting the corporate income tax rate from 6 percent to 4 percent. He would replace the revenue by eliminating other tax breaks for businesses, though he did not identify which ones are on the chopping block.

McAuliffe's campaign said Cuccinelli's focus on jobs does not reflect anything the Republican has done while in office, both as attorney general and as a state senator.

"Ken Cuccinelli's goal is to make Virginia voters forget that restricting women's health access has been a driving goal of his political career," said Josh Schwerin. "Despite all available evidence, Cuccinelli will claim he has a newfound desire to focus on the economy. Cuccinelli's record and rhetoric make clear that, if elected governor, he would focus on his passion: restricting women's health care access and eliminating access to birth control."

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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