WATCH: Ken Cuccinelli’s Response to His Pro-Choice Critics: What About Anthony Weiner?

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On Monday, a group of pro-choice activists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s bid to be governor. The protestors warned that Cuccinelli, a hard-line conservative on social and economic issues, would greatly restrict women’s access to abortions and birth control, infringe on their privacy, and force women to seek illegal alternatives that could endanger their lives. “We need a government that takes care of what the government should be taking care of: the economy and roads and schools,” said Charlotte Brody, a registered nurse who participated in the protest. “And we need that government to let us make our own personal health decisions.”

When Charlottesville’s ABC 19 asked Cuccinelli’s campaign for comment, the campaign’s response was…strange. Team Cuccinelli said Democrats should denounce New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. What Weiner has to do with Virginia’s gubernatorial race or women’s rights in Virginia is unclear. The Cuccinelli campaign had nothing to say about the women’s rights protest in Charlottesville.

Team Cuccinelli’s response begins at the 40-second mark in the video. Chalk this up as one of the weirder responses by a major political campaign.

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