October 5th, 2010
09:39 AM ET
4 years ago

Republicans target Manchin in new ads

Morgantown, West Virginia (CNN ) - Both the national Republican party and GOP Senate candidate John Raese have launched new ads  pounding Democrat Joe Manchin with what Republicans hope is their winning argument: he will be a rubber stamp for President Obama.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee's ad features three white men sitting in a diner, talking about how "Obama's messing things up. Spending money we don't have. Stimulus. Obamacare."

Then one of the men says "Joe's not bad as Governor, but when he's with Obama, he turns into 'Washington Joe.' And Washington Joe does whatever Obama wants."

They then say the only way to "stop Obama" is by keeping in West Virginia away from Washington.

It is this kind of concern about Democrats in Washington that has made the race here surprisingly tight. Republicans are using this ad to seize on the dynamic CNN found talking to voters in this state: Although Manchin is quite popular,

President Obama is not, and many voters are wary of sending a Democrat to the Senate.

Raese's new television ad focuses on the issue of cap and trade, an unpopular policy in this coal producing state.

The ad accuses Manchin, a "rubber stamp" for Obama, of supporting a carbon tax.

In an interview Sunday with CNN, Manchin insisted he does not support cap and trade legislation that moved through Congress, and said his own version of the legislation passed in West Virginia did not do anything to hurt the coal industry.

In fact, the coal association has endorsed Manchin's candidacy.


Filed under: 2010 • Joe Manchin • West Virginia
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. GonzoinHouston

    The logical response, of course, is "a vote for Raese is a vote for W", since all the GOP has to offer is a return to the W-era policies.

    October 5, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    The GOP are experts on rubber stamping – look how the lemmings lined up behind the Clown Prince of Crawford every time he demanded it. And we all know how that all worked out, don't we?

    Now, President Obama is doing everything in his power to undo the mess and grow the economy but the "Party Of No" won't have any of it.

    October 5, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Mary

    Republicans can't even run on their own records. Pathetic.

    October 5, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Sgt, Joe

    Which translates to a vote for sanity. Go Dems!

    October 5, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. gt

    obama is killing manchin ...just like he has on almost every other democrat canidate....to bad he seems like a good guy,,, obama is toxic. he has no clue how to run this country....

    October 5, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Uh,guys? A vote for Obama is a GOOD thing. It's the patriotic thing to do. President Obama is putting this country back on strong legs after Bush and Cheney knocked her flat on her keester.

    If a vote for someone is a vote for Obama, then it's also a vote for a Strong America.

    October 5, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Big Dave

    It's true, ALL the Democratic senators voted lockstep for Ozerocare, even the phony so called conservative "Blue Dogs" like Blanche lincoln (who will lose her seat because of that vote). Manchin will be a rubber stamp for Obama.

    October 5, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Mollybee

    Time for the Democrats to call the Republicans out on their intentionally racist ads and tactics. I hope no West Virginian American falls for this wealthy Republican's underhanded tactics. He admits to being "farthur right than the tea party". You all know what that means: anti everything for mainstream America!

    October 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Kenneth

    The problem is, a lot of people are just uninformed enough about politics to buy this kind of ad.

    October 5, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Rick

    A vote for John Raese is a vote for Wall Street.

    October 5, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Mollybee

    John Raese has plenty of money for a good smear campaign. His mansion is surrounded by a pink inlaid driveway on which to park his porschea and lamberginiis. Remember what the Republicans have promised: repeal affordable health care; repeal minimum wage; repeal social security, repeal wall street regulations; repeal small business assistance; stop unemployment benefits; tax breaks for the wealthy (like John Raese needs it).

    October 5, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. jillib

    This ad might carry some weight if Raese was actually a resident of WV. How would he know what West Virginians think? Carpetbagger

    October 5, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. BeverlyNC

    If Republicans say a vote for WV candidate Machin is a vote for Obama, then sign me up. I stand with the President and all the good and decent things he has done to help working people, help those abused by greedy banks, give us healthcare and protect us from abusive health insurance companies, give better healthcare and higher pay to our soldiers, and who has restored our image and reputation in the world. President Obama is a good and decent man, a strong family man, full of character, integrity and a burnng desire to do everything he can to help the middle and working classes. He and the Democrats have fought on behalf of YOU AND I this entire 2 years, Our economy is recovering, We have job growth. President Obama want to bring jobs back to America and reward companies who are proud to have their labels say "MADE in AMERICA: by good quality-driven American workers, get us out of the Bush wars, improve education, make sure more kids can go to college and achieve their potential and make America the most respected nation in the world again,
    Yes, Republicans do hate all those things, They want to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, unemployment benefits, public schools, food stamps and let abusve, greedy corporations and banks go back destroying us with no rules or regulations placed on them. Again I say..I STAND WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE STOOD UP AND FOUGHT FOR ME THESE PAST 2 YEARS! Republicans are destroyers and anti-worker and we must keep them out of our government. If you love America and want to see it keep growing and recovering, vote for your Democrat!

    October 5, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Chris

    Three white men sitting around dissing Obama – yeah, that sounds like the Republicans alright.

    Apparently it was fine during the Bush years for the GOP to "rubber stamp" everything – but they are the first to point fingers and denounce others of doing the same.

    October 5, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. GI Joe

    Raese and his wife aren't even WV residents any more. They retired to Florida a long time ago. He just sees a chance to get into the corruption in the republican/teabagger party and get more money than ever from lobbyists. He has never cared about the people of WV and failed every attempt at statewide office (at least 3 times). Have the people of WV been dumbed down even fiurther?

    October 5, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. j

    .............. This political year is predictably nasty. Everyone is blaming each other, however, I cannot forget who had control of Congress from `94 to `06 !!!! That`s right, -–it was the Repubs and they even had the Presidency from 2000 – 2008. The economy went into a tailspin in `07 and they ( Repubs) chose to stick their collective heads in the sand. Even the war, was funded outside the budget. There were NO efforts to balance the budget and to "pay as you go" as the Repubs like to preach. --– Talk about the "kings of bouble-speak" !!!!!

    October 5, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. T'SAH from Virginia

    "The National Republican Senatorial Committee's ad features three white men sitting in a diner, talking about how "Obama's messing things up. Spending money we don't have. Stimulus. Obamacare..."

    You see – that RIGHT THERE will have me turn the channel!!!! THREE WHITE MEN sitting in a diner – Come on now – what is this country coming to????? WHITE against NON-WHITE???? That Ad 'does not' represent the majority of Americans!!!!

    Just like O'Donnell – starting of an AD claiming she's not a WITCH????? Palladino in NY – sending SMELLY TRASH in the mail!!! duhMINTYnotSOfreshness, claiming “…gay individuals and single mothers who are involved in a sexual relationship should not be allowed to teach…”!! OMG, wait a minute – he said "UNWED MOTHERS" should not teach in schools – what about UNWED FATHERS who are still ‘screwing around’, uh???????????

    PLEASE Americans – LQQK at the WHOLE PACKAGE of RepubliCAN'Ts and Tea Party candidates – DO THEY REALLY REPRESENT YOU???????????????????????

    DEMOCRATS – we are on the right track otherwise, there will not be so much HATE and BIGROTY and RACISM coming from the other side!!!! PLEASE get out there and STATE the CASE and mean it – UNITE the BASE and be proud of it and we WILL WIN this RACE in November 2010.

    This is T'SAH from Virginia – the Original – and I approve this message!!!

    October 5, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. Don from Denver

    Why, in describing this TV ad, did Dana Bash of CNN say it shows "three white men sitting in a diner talking. . ." The message of the ad should be the point, not the race of the actors. Wow! I'd take a second look at Ms Bash's blatant racism before givinging her another assignment like this if I were a CNN executive. (And, to Ms Bash: your comment about race in this article is as inappropriate as someone commenting that any reporter writing an article is unattractive.)

    October 5, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Instead of saying 3 white men, why not say 3 blind mice because Republicans are out of touch with Americans and don't include all Americans, just the rich.

    October 5, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |