RICHMOND -- For the first time in history, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said Sunday they couldn't in good conscience endorse any of the 2013 candidates running for Governor of Virginia.
“In the past, The Times-Dispatch has endorsed candidates with varying degrees of enthusiasm. We find it impossible to endorse any of the 2013 candidates with even minimal zeal,” the newspaper wrote.
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On Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli:
"On social issues such as abortion and homosexual rights, Cuccinelli not only takes stands we find objectionable but pursues his divisive agenda with a stridency that was unbecoming in an attorney general and would be unbecoming in a governor."
On Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe:
"McAuliffe received the Democratic nomination by default. His bid for the 2009 nod failed miserably. A weak bench left him as the only one in 2013’s game." "McAuliffe’s performance four years ago offered glimpses of his persistent debilities. He lost the nomination in large part because he and fellow challenger Brian Moran spent the campaign spitting on each other."
On Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis:
"while The Times-Dispatch finds considerable merit in the libertarian ethos, the libertarian ideology is a luxury afforded by a political, economic and social climate that, despite the nation’s commitment to liberty, was not created by libertarian doctrine. We fear Sarvis would be in over his head."