(CNN) - National Republican Senatorial Committee Communications Director Brian Walsh issued the following statement Tuesday, in reaction to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's announcement that he will run for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's Senate seat.
Read the NRSC statement after the jump:
“By breaking his promise to serve a full term as Governor even if a Senate vacancy existed, Joe Manchin has made clear that his own political self-interests are more important than keeping his word to the people of West Virginia.
“It’s also clear that, if elected, Joe Manchin will be a loyal rubberstamp for President Obama’s reckless spending agenda in Washington. During just the last 18 months, Joe Machin has endorsed the President’s government health care bill and he advocated for the massive stimulus boondoggle, which has failed to create the jobs that he and the President both promised. Governor Manchin even loyally defended the President’s anti-coal rhetoric as he supports an administration that is focused on putting one the state’s key industries out of business.
“At a time when West Virginia’s unemployment stands at 8.9 percent and the national debt has skyrocketed past $13 trillion, voters will decide whether their state will be better off with another Democrat Senator who will loyally support the Obama agenda, or whether they want a Senator who will stand up for the checks-and-balances that they deserve.”