October 26th, 2010
12:38 PM ET
4 years ago

In West Virginia, 'crazy' and 'friend of Obama' labels fly

(CNN) – A day after West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin released an ad calling his opponent's ideas 'crazy,' Republican John Raese launched his own ad blasting Manchin and "his friend President Obama."

"You've heard me say that I won't be a rubber stamp for Barack Obama," Raese says in the ad. "In the Senate, I'll fight to repeal 'Obamacare,' stop its tax increases, and protect our seniors."

Though both Manchin and Raese have been critical of the president throughout the campaign - Manchin literally shot a bullet through a copy of the Democratic-favored Cap and Trade bill in a recent ad - Raese has consistently sought to tie the Democratic governor to Obama, who is extremely unpopular in West Virginia.

Manchin meanwhile has repeatedly said that Raese, a wealthy businessman, is out of touch with West Virginians.

In his latest ad, Manchin calls Raese's policy ideas "crazy" and "bad for West Virginia," – a charge Raese's campaign was quick to rebuff.

"Joe Manchin believes that those who are committed to cutting spending and a strong National Defense are crazy," said Raese campaign spokesman Kevin McLaughin. "No Joe, supporting 'Obamacare' is crazy. Wasting one trillion dollars on a failed stimulus is crazy. $13 trillion in national debt is crazy. Cap and trade legislation is crazy."

Recent polls show that Raese and Manchin remain in a tight battle in their race to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd, who died earlier this year.


Filed under: 2010 • issues • Joe Manchin • John Raese • West Virginia
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Whatever

    How would the Republicians pay for the Healthcare bill?! Oh that's right they want to repeal it! Nice to say but impossible because the President would VETO it quickly!!! They should be saying they want to AMEND parts but to repeal. NO WAY – -

    October 26, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Squigman

    Better to be a friend of Obama, than a puppet of Palin.

    October 26, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Dave, Central Illinois

    So I just read that Obama told a crowd that Republicans are welcome to join in but must take the back seat regarding shaping policy. What a complete racist that twit of a president is! Imagine if a Republican said such a thnig? You libtards would be howling in outrage.

    October 26, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Perhaps Raese doesn't understand that it would take years to repel *Obamacare*, one way or another? Apparently, GOPers aren't too bright this way? Not understanding the in's and out's of legislation is disappointing, actually. One would think that these GOPer candidates would at the very least have a general understanding of how to enact legislation. Especially if they aspire to hold the office of ... well ... Senator and all. Apparently millionaire candidates see things differently. How disappointing for those who will expect immediate results. Obama can explain far better than I what happens when folks want immediate results, regardless of the governing process involved.

    October 26, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Expat American

    Tea Party folks attack President Obama for ‘spending’…however, where were the Tea Party ‘Restoring Honor’ signs when the Republicans lied in order to commit genocide? Mass murder costs a lot more than allowing young folks to stay on their parent’s health insurance.

    October 26, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Yanni

    He cannot repeal Obama’s healthcare, this is just a slogan. I am sure he knows it very well. Regardless, he wanted feed this rhetoric to the uninformed WViance. It might work to get him elected (very short sighted) but, why on earth this guy wants to use these kids to do his dirty work. What will they say when they grow up and see this?

    October 26, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Bill

    Who is paying for all this travel for the Pres and Mrs. Pres .... If we have to have health care then use those dollars to pay for it. AND get real if they are traveling on AF1 or other government vehicles then it is not beinf paid for except by you the tax payer. Those of you that did vote for him, is this what you voted for, The President out campaigning for more of the same, while you loose your job, your house, your life??????

    October 26, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Moderate Sean

    This Raese guy is a first class arrogant nut job, plain and simple! The Repubs keep talking about cutting taxes and extending the Bush tax cuts, but HOW DO THEY CONTINUE TO PAY FOR THE CUTS?? A question no Republican has answered to date. Kind of hypocritical, eh?

    October 26, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Ken

    It seems that both of these guys will say whatever to get elected. Neither will make much of a difference.

    October 26, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. WTF

    What is wrong with Republicans? Why do they hate Americans? Why do they want to get rid of health care reform? Are they really doing everything they can to eradicate the middle and lower class? If they do, and it seems they want to, then the rich will be paying ALL the taxes and all the medical bills.

    October 26, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    "How would the Republicians pay for the Healthcare bill?! Oh that's right they want to repeal it! Nice to say but impossible because the President would VETO it quickly!!!"

    Which is EXACTLY why Obama MUST be voted out of office in 2012.

    October 26, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Raese is a useless tool and bigot. We all get the GOP is no bama – don't state the obvious. McConnell already openly admitted the GOP 's primary goal to prevent Obama from winning in '12. It doesn't take a genius that inherited all his money and doesn't even have to work for living to tell us the obvious. Don't try to give your stupid racist jokes about Chow Mein instead of Chu – you Jerk.

    October 26, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. a in austin

    Mitch MoConnell laid out the plans once the gops are back in power – nothing until after 2012. My family is hurting now – my husband needs a job now. Are we expected to lose everything we've worked so hard for the last 40 years so the gop can get a president in office? American people, WE THE PEOPLE, need ideas now and quickly!

    October 26, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Voice of Reason

    Whatever happened to the day when having friends in high places (like the White House) was a good thing? Remember you TEA partiers out there, that this president is the guy who has lowered taxes 13 times since taking office. (yup, you heard me right – go look it up). And independent researchers now say that the bailout 1. Will probably break even in the near future – having not cost us anything) and 2. Has saved some millions of jobs here inthe US.

    Leave the rhetoric behind and stick to the facts. The alternaitve is to vote in a bunch of rubes who 'shoot from the hip' and 'go with their gut' and lead this country into another financial disaster.

    October 26, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. stufthis

    Raese is a true friend of Floridians in his home city of West Palm Beach, and a sidekick of Rush Lim-bag. It is time to send this carpet bagger back to his country club.

    October 26, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Ted

    Did the republicans want actors to play "hicks" in the ad, like last time?

    October 26, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. what a joke

    I swear this country is back asswards! they expected everything to be resolved within 2 years?! give me a break..and if there's any stalling to progress, it's because of the REPUBLICANS!!! and once again, the less educated in this country are falling for it again and will vote in these crazy tea partiers and right wingers...watch, they'll complain again in 2012 and want to blame the republicans then and then turn around and vote dem...this country's a joke!

    October 26, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |