July 20th, 2010
10:46 AM ET
4 years ago

NRSC responds to Manchin's announcement

(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.”


Filed under: 2010 • Joe Manchin • NRSC • West Virginia
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Typical sour grapes by the hypocritical GOP. They seem to love Half Gov. Palin though.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    July 20, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. a little sad

    "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"

    checks-and-balances?

    There is nothing balanced about the GOP – there is almost no cooperation. All they do is try to oppose everything.

    The current GOP is an embarrassment.

    July 20, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Peter in VA

    Coming from the GOP...can easily be changed to:

    "By breaking his promise to serve a full term as Governor , Sarah Palin has made clear that her own political self-interests are more important than keeping her word to the people of Alaska."

    Where were they hiding, instead posting press releases when Good Old Sarah did the same thing, not to pursue issues of her state , as he is doing, but just to pursue her own personal political interests....

    The GOP keeps on forgetting history over and over, before publishing press release....

    July 20, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Sharron

    Boy if this isn't calling the Kettle Black.......I believe Palin "Broke her Promise to fill a ful term as Governor of Alaska she ""QUIT "" her job, but do they BASH her for QUITTING.......NO.....At least this man is Quitting to Run for Senator of WV because Senator Byrd died, why did Palin Quit????? Cause the Heat Got To Hot For Her To Handle and she wanted to go out and write a book and make millions......There is a BIG DIFFERENCE......come on Republicans can't you do better than this......it's just more of your Negative, Party of NO NO NO.......the GOP is a sorry bunch of hypocrits.......

    July 20, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Deb

    more blah, blah, blah, blah, blah from the Republicans!

    July 20, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Pam Pritt

    I hope he does agree with the President.
    Without that health care bill, I'd have my employer health insurance cut this year. It went up 24% and my employer can't raise his rates 24%.
    If and when Republicans begin to care about working people OR I'm suddenly in the upper .1% of income in America (fat chance) I'll believe everything the Grumpy Old Party has to say about Barack Obama and every other Democrat.

    July 20, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Incompetent-DICTATOR

    So this guy professes to be a fiscal conservative yet supported Obamacare, the Stimulus boondoggle, and cap and tax? Are the voters of West Virginia so stupid as to fall for this guys double speak?

    Well they were dumb enough to keep Byrd in the Senate until he was senile so I guess they must be pretty dumb.

    July 20, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. hypocricnnation

    Don't You Just Love How Dishonest, Disingenuous, And Desperate Republicans Have Become.

    July 20, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. WVA Native

    West Va to NRSC, 99% of us could care less what your opinion of Joe Manchin is. We lost a champion for WVA with Senator Byrd's passing. We gain a champion in the senate when Joe Machin is elected. Make no mistake, he WILL be elected because when push comes to shove, we know Joe is on our side.

    July 20, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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