Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he'll vote against his party's bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, the latest example of the governor turned senator who's up for re-election next year being at odds with his party.
In a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, the freshman lawmaker also criticized President Barack Obama.
Washington (CNN) - Former Democratic Governors Association communications director Emily Bittner is heading over to Capitol Hill. Bittner's been named as the communications director for Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia for his office here in the nation's capitol.
Before her time at the DGA, Bittner served as communications director for the Arizona Democratic Party when now Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was the state's governor.
(CNN) - Democratic West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has won his state's Senate seat, CNN projects, beating out Republican nominee John Raese in a tight race for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's seat. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) – President Bill Clinton will return to West Virginia the day before the midterm elections to try and help keep in party hands a Senate seat that's been controlled by Democrats for over half a century.
Clinton will team up at a rally Monday in Beckley, West Virginia with Gov. Joe Manchin, a popular two-term Democrat who is his party's nominee for the state's open Senate seat. This will be Clinton's second campaign stop with Manchin in West Virginia over the past month.
(CNN) – Rudy Giuliani hopes he can be the closer in West Virginia, where Republicans are trying to win back a Senate seat that's been held by Democrats for more than half a century.
The former New York City mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate will team up in the state Monday with businessman John Raese, the Republican's Senate nominee. The Raese campaign says the two men will join forces at rallies in Bridgeport and Clarksburg, West Virginia, on the day before the midterm elections.
(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."
(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."
Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) -– In an interview earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, called for “a humble, grateful response” to the upcoming midterm elections.
McConnell admitted to the National Journal that the Republican brand isn’t exactly stellar and said his party must recognize that “we do not control the government and cannot control the government when the president holds the veto pen.”
But judging by his sharply partisan performance at a GOP event on Friday, McConnell is putting those warm sentiments on hold until after November 2.
Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) - Sarah Palin endorsed West Virginia's Republican Senate hopeful John Raese on Twitter this week – but she mistakenly identified him as a candidate in Pennsylvania. (The erroneous tweet was quickly replaced.)
Raese, battling Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin in a race most polls suggest is a toss-up, doesn't seem to mind.
"I am just honored that Sarah Palin would endorse me," he told CNN Friday. "I know my wife and 1,000 conservative women across West Virginia support her very much. I am just pleased to get that endorsement.
(CNN) - In Monday's West Virgina Senate debate, Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin sought to claim his independence and Republican John Raese tried to attach Manchin’s name to President Obama’s as much as possible. The other two candidates seemed to act like buffers.
“I have to inform my opponent that Mr. Obama’s name will not be on the ballot for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia,” Manchin said.