Fresh off last weekend's Republican convention, the party's statewide ticket is crisscrossing Virginia.
Gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli led the candidates at a stop at the Roanoke Regional Airport Monday morning. He was joined by E. W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, and Mark Obenshain, the party's candidate for Attorney General.
They emphasized plans to promote job growth and reduce government regulation. Cuccinelli also tried to put the contentious convention behind him with a show of unity. "We've got to start there and grow it," Cuccinelli told supporters. "We've got to reach independents and conservative Democrats. There are a lot of people who agree with our emphasis on job creation and letting it happen in the private sector, not having government dictate it all."
The group will make a stop in Collinsville Monday evening and in Lynchburg Tuesday morning.
The Associated Press, meanwhile, reports Virginia Democrats are framing the new statewide ticket the Republican Right nominated Saturday as a referendum on the GOP's surprise lieutenant governor nominee, firebrand Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson, and his statements demeaning gays and equating Planned Parenthood with the Ku Klux Klan.
While gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli and GOP ticket-mates Jackson and attorney general choice Mark Obenshain winged across Virginia in an introductory barnstorming tour Monday, Democrats offered denunciations of the ticket by two dissident Republican moderates.
Former House Appropriations Committee Chairman Vince Callahan said the more than 8,000 conservative activists who nominated the ticket at Saturday's statewide GOP convention turned a Republican "big-tent party" he helped build into a "pup tent party."
Former GOP Del. Katherine Waddell says the ticket makes Virginia "a playground for a divisive social agenda."
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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)