July 20th, 2010
10:46 AM ET
13 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. Larry

    Give it a rest Walsh.

    The only people who buy the bs from the NRSC are republicans.

    July 20, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Sniffit

    I'm sorry, but did the NRSC just lambaste someone for indicating a willingness to quit their post as Governor of a state in order to pursue ambition? It's almost like the GOP and conservatives WANT us to think they're slightly retarded hypocrite morons.

    July 20, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Sniffit

    BTW, where is little Timmeh Polenta right now? Is he even in MN or is he still on the 2012 campaign trail?

    July 20, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Corey, Maryland

    I don't remember the NRSC sending out that type of response when Sarah Palin quit her job and her duty to the people of Alaska. The Republican party is the most hypocritical and worthless establishment ever created, end of story.

    July 20, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Wisconsinite - the GObP Wants Unemployment Benefits to Middle Income Americans Paid for but Does't Care if Tax Breaks for the Richest Americans are Paid For

    At least he quitting to run for another public office! At least he's NOT quitting to make millions off of books that aren't even written by him and to spew lies and hate on Facebook and Twitter all day! Republicans are SUCH hypocrites!

    July 20, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Juan Forgay

    Tell it to Sarah Palin!

    July 20, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. Baccus

    Another demo-socialist trying to save his paycheck even though the majority of Americans reject his policies.

    July 20, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Molly Weasley

    Let's see ... half-term Republican Gov. $arah Palin quitting to scrounge money from the uneducated and possibly launch a doomed presidential bid, half-term Republican Attorney General Kelly Ayotte quitting to run for the Senate from New Hampshire ... so I guess the NRSC is saying that quitting is just something Republicans do.

    July 20, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. larry

    Yes, we need more republicans in the senate. We rich republicans need the ability to fleece the middle class without government intervention. Why should we ever have to work or create jobs if we can live off our tax preferred dividends? Thanks for the tax cuts Bushy boy. And why should the middle class complain? They get the luxury of paying only 18% interest on their credit cards owned by companies in which we rich republicans control. They should thank us for the priviledge. Don't forget, if you miss a payment your rate goes to 27%. Your welcome.

    July 20, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Verloren

    I don't remember the Republican Party being so critical of Sarah Palin when she quit her job in the middle of her term in office. So it's apparently ok for Sarah Palin to quit her job as Governor of Alaska to go become a celebrity and rake in millions of dollars for herself, but it's not ok for the Governor of West Virginia to continue being a public servant by serving in Congress rather than in the Governor's mansion. What hypocrites.

    July 20, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. thor

    Gov.Manchin doesn't care about breaking his promise to West Virginia voters,i wonder if they do !!

    July 20, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Rick

    more Obama backed liers

    July 20, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. all of America

    That just shows how corrupt and the blaintent lies that come from the democrats ,obama taught them well, obama is the biggest liar of all !

    July 20, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Tayo

    The GOP has to say something to get by!

    July 20, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Ed L

    Have these morons ever heard of sarah palin???

    god what hypocrites!!!

    July 20, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Georgia, Joe

    Glad that the NRSC had some staffer issue a statement in which they continue to distort the facts of the current economic environment and the national debt to the American people. The huge debt that this nation faces is largely a creation of three Republican administrations, Bush 1, Bush 2 and Reagan. Clinton increased debt nominally, but left office with budgets in surplus and debt declining. Obama inherited a $1.2 trillion dollar annual deficit from George W. Bush and structural deficits for years into the future as well as an economy in shambles. Republicans are the irresponsible historical spenders. The current administration is making progress putting the Country and the economy back on track, but it will not be a quick process. The very last thing we need to do is put the irresponsible Republicans back in charge.

    July 20, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Donkey Party

    Let the lies and smear campaign begin from the America-hating, Al Queda alligned sub-human Right-wing.

    July 20, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. scott

    these republicans got no shame their right wing rep capito can run 4 two seats at once hypocrite

    July 20, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. omgamike

    I am a West Virginian and want to say that Joe Manchin cares a heck of a lot more for the interests of the everyday person in West Virginia than Shirley Capito ever could. Capito doesn't give a hoot for what the average person wants or needs. Governor Manchin has a heck of a lot higher popularity rating than Capito does, and probably higher than 90% of sitting Governor's. So the Republicans should stop wasting their money on campaign ads for Capito, as she doesn't stand a chance of beating Joe Manchin in West Virginia.

    July 20, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Jack

    There's a BIG difference between leaving office early to take on another job in governent and leaving office early to make money (re: Palin). Manchin will still be serving the people of WVA.

    July 20, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    But it was OK for Sarah to break her promise to the people of Alaska and quit the Governor's office and go out seek what is best for herself? What hypocrits! Where is your condemnation of her? Where is your condemnation of every other Republican office holder who is seeking a different office this year?
    OK, everyone, now say "CONSERVATIVE" just like Severus Snape would say "JAMES POTTER" – with as much venom as possible! Let's make it a dirty work just like St. Ronald of Reagan did to Liberal!

    July 20, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. TTBALA

    Oh you hypocrite republicans, how dare you accept that idiot Palins quitting her governors post to make money and creticize someone else at least in this case the governor is going to still serve his country where he thinks he could do bettor not like your money hunger idiot palin whom you hold in such a high place, well I guess your party cannot find anybody halfway intyeligent to talk about, you only have this half nitiwit lady whom you are so proud of, I really really feel sorry for your party REPUBS,

    July 20, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. son of csm wiggins

    Did palin serve a full term .

    July 20, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Chris

    Who wrote this? A Republican? Terms such as "boondoggle" and "wreckless" don't help the issue at all. So, to the writer – Do you have any solutions on how to reinstate the lost jobs or are you just "writing a story"?

    July 20, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. Emerson

    "Democrats are desperate to talk about anything other than their binge spending agenda that has resulted in nearly 10 percent unemployment and sky rocketing debt.," Republican National Committee spokeswoman Katie Wright told CNN.
    “It’s also clear that, if elected, Joe Manchin will be a loyal rubberstamp for President Obama’s reckless spending agenda in Washington... " said National Republican Senatorial Committee Communications Director Brian Walsh.
    More GOP bold face lies. Do you really think that Americans have forgotten 2000-2008 and how and when all the jobe were lost and who ran up the deficit. Can't wait for November when you get turned out en masse. I guess you can all become lobbyists or pundits and stooges on AM radio and Fox.

    July 20, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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