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What to expect if Ken Cuccinelli becomes governor

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Negative campaigning is nothing new in Virginia.

But the 2013 governor's campaign seems to be taking it to a new level.

So with only a few days left before the election, we're cutting through the negativity so you know what you'll get in Virginia's next governor.

First, we'll focus on Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

"I know the biggest thing that most Virginians need is more employment opportunities, a growing economy," Cuccinelli said. "That will be our first focus."

The sitting attorney general has spent this election focusing on the economy and cutting taxes.

Targets include the Business Professional Occupation Licensing tax,better known as BPOL, and the Machinery and Tools tax (M&T).

Most politicians, including Democrat Terry McAuliffe, want to get rid of or reduce the taxes because they hurt businesses.

The problem is it would cost local governments millions, which would likely be passed on to taxpayers.

"I want to practice what I preach about Washington," Cuccinelli said. "I complain about what they do to us all of the time. I don't want to turn and do the same thing to our local governments."

I asked Cuccinelli if he would abandon eliminating the BPOL and M&T taxes if equal money can't be found elsewhere for local governments.

"Yes I am," he said. "On the local taxes I am willing to say that."

In all, Cuccinelli wants to cut more than $1 billion in taxes, a plan he said can be done by closing loopholes and exemptions.

We also talked about Medicaid expansion, an issue Cuccinelli made clear in the debates that he strongly disagrees with.

"I don't want to do the Medicaid expansion of about 40 percent, and my opponent does," he said. "This is a big difference between us because we need to reform the Medicaid we've got. If we go through that massive expansion then we're on the hook for all that money, hundreds of millions of dollars per year."

Cuccinelli believes the federal government can't afford to hold up its end of the bargain.

He took it further, tying his campaign to the fight against Obamacare.

"People who vote for me are going to be voting no on expanding Obamacare," he said.

We tackled several other issues, including his opposition to last spring's transportation bill which will bring Amtrak service back to the Star City among other things.

I asked if he will attempt to take money away from the agreement if elected.

"The things that are in the transportation bill, we're going to implement it with all of the conditions that are in there," he said.

Finally, we hit on social issues like abortion and same sex marriage, and how they would be handled by a Governor Cuccinelli.

"We'll take those on a bill by bill basis as they come from the General Assembly," he said. "I don't have bills that I intend to come in and initiate."

Now it's up to the voters if Mr. Cuccinelli will to add the title of governor in front of his name.

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