(CNN) - West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, the state's Democratic Senate nominee, launched a new ad on Monday calling his opponent's ideas "crazy" and "bad for West Virginia."
The ad compiles video clips of Republican John Raese making a series of seemingly controversial statements, such as, "I've already been defeated three times. That's a pretty good message from West Virginia I think."
And later, "We don't need the Department of Education." and "… We need 1,000 laser systems put in the sky, and we need it right now."
At this point a narrator says, "John Raese's ideas are crazy."
The Manchin campaign said the ad lets "let voters hear directly from John Raese himself."
"With every word he speaks, Raese proves how out of touch he is with the needs of West Virginia working families, probably from spending too much time in his Palm Beach mansion. His ideas are not only crazy, they're irresponsible," said Manchin campaign spokeswoman Lara Ramsburg.
But a Raese campaign spokesman shot back.
"All this ad shows is that Joe Manchin is OK with spending $2.4 trillion on Obamacare but not $20 billion on National Defense," said Raese spokesman Kevin McLaughlin.
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.