Republican Candidates for Attorney General Plan to Fight Obama's Healthcare Law

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Both Republican candidates for attorney general have some specific issues they plan to tackle if elected.

But they also one of their main issues is to continue a fight started by Ken Cuccinelli, which is repealing President Barack Obama's healthcare law.

State senator Mark Obenshain is officially running for Attorney General.

He said he will focus part of his campaign on fighting against government overreach.

"If they're violating federal law or violating the constitutional right of Virginians, we are gonna stand up to it," Obenshain said.

He said he wants to challenge president Obama's healthcare law.

"The federal healthcare act, I believe it's unconstitutional. I'm disappointed by the United States Supreme Court ruling with respect to the individual mandate but it's not the end of the story," Obenshain said.

He said if he's elected, he will protect Virginian's liberties.

"I think Virginians ought to have more of a role in the selection of their method for making healthcare reforms," Obenshain said.

Delegate Rob Bell is also running for the Republican ticket.

He said one of his main points is to defend the U.S. constitution.

"Instances like the Obamacare lawsuit that was unfortunately not successful but it was an effort to defend the constitution," Bell said.

Bell said he helped Cuccinelli draft the lawsuit to repeal the law.

"That suit has reached the supreme court so there is no where for that suit to go but if there is any other measure that came forward, I will certainly want to explore a way that I can bring that up in court," Bell said,

Bell also wants to bring up in court, laws to protect people's property rights.

He said he already started doing by putting the amendment for eminent domain in the ballot in November.

He said he also wants to keep people safe in the Commonwealth, making stricter laws for criminals.

Obenshain said he also wants to look for ways to protect the coal industry and agriculture in the state.

He said right now federal regulations are hurting coal miners and also rising people's electric bills.

He also said he wants to implement laws to help police keep communities safe.

Both candidates said they're not nervous about Virginians not voting for them after Obama and Democrat Tim Kaine won earlier this month.

They said they are confident the state will vote republican after seeing the success of previous Attorney General.

They also said the record shows that people tend to vote Republicans for Attorney General.

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