Campaign goes red-neck to red-neck in West Virginia
I was hoping that Joe Manchin would take the high ground in West Virginia’s bid for the Senate, but I guess that is not possible in a state in which the general voter public would not know what’s best for them if it bit them in the behind.
So let’s rumble. If I were Joe going up against Wealthy John Raese, I would take him to the cleaners like this:
· John, why is your wife at home in Palm Beach Florida and not here with you on the campaign trail? If you win, will she live in Palm Beach while you live in Washington? Will you ever come back home to West Virginia?
· Do ya’ll like pork? (Crowd yells, “Hell yes!”) I will bring home the bacon to West Virginia just like Senator Byrd? John Raese can’t and won’t do that. He’ll be playing golf with John Boehner in Palm Beach.
· You want your snow plowed in the winter? Joe Manchin will get it done, while John Raese is resting in … (Crowd yells… “Palm Beach Florida!”)
Joe Manchin, "I eat roadkill."
“W. Va. Senate debate turns into a race to the right
By Perry Bacon Jr.
Monday, October 18, 2010; 10:45 PM
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, distanced himself repeatedly from President Obama in a U.S. Senate debate Monday night, while his GOP opponent constantly invoked "Manchin and Obama" as if the two men were running mates.
Manchin emphasized his opposition to parts of the president's health care overhaul and said he would be "independent" from his party in Congress. Asked by one of the debate moderators to name a policy advanced by Democrats he agreed with, Manchin named Social Security, Medicare and the minimum wage - avoiding any of the major bills Obama and congressional Democrats have passed over the last two years.
Nonetheless, businessman John Raese, who has surged in the polls by linking Manchin to Obama, assured the audience that the president and governor "are together" on most key issues.
"I hate to inform my opponent, but Mr. Obama's name will not be on the ballot," Manchin said after Raese had linked him once again to the president.
Most polls show Raese and Manchin as neck and neck, even though Manchin is one of the most popular politicians in America with an approval rating near 70 percent. Obama, though, is highly unpopular in West Virginia, and the prospect that Manchin might push forward the president's agenda is leading many West Virginians to balk at sending the second-term governor to Washington to fill the seat of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd.”