October 22nd, 2010
05:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Raese embraces the Palin stamp of approval

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.

GOP candidates running in competitive states and districts this cycle, aware of Palin's polarizing brand, have waffled when asked whether they would back the former Alaska governor as the party's presidential nominee.

But Raese – seeking office in a state where President Obama's disapproval rating is a sky-high 63 percent – isn't one of them.

His answer, when asked if he'd support a Palin candidacy: "Absolutely. Absolutely. I think we have many fine candidates, but if she is our nominee, absolutely."

Raese, a Morgantown businessman, was appearing at the State Capitol in Charleston, where he spoke to a group of Tea Party activists and told them that "a great, great turnout" will be the key to victory on Nov. 2.

Later, Raese was slated to attend the West Virginia Republican Party's "Victory Gala" headlined by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Talking to CNN, Raese did not back away from his staunch opposition to the federal minimum wage, arguing that the government regulation of wages or prices impedes private sector growth. He made the case that a better business climate, without the "restrictor plate" of big government interference, would boost incomes across the board.

He was unswayed by the argument that companies might set wages too low without government regulation. An unabashed disciple of the free market, Raese argued that wages should be determined by "laws of supply and demand."

"And we've gotten away from basic Economics 101, haven't we?," he said. "We've really lost the sense of freedom, free enterprise and capitalism, and we know we don't want government restraints on what we do in this country."

The Manchin campaign said Raese's latest comments offer more evidence that the Republican is out of touch with West Virginia voters, pointing to recent questions about Raese's ownership of a home in Florida and his recent call for a laser-based missile defense system.

"I don't know how they do things in Florida, but in West Virginia, people rely on the minimum wage, need public schools, and want to protect Social Security. John Raese is more interested in spending billions to launch lasers into space than he is in protecting the interests of West Virginians," Manchin spokeswoman Lara Ramsburg told CNN.

Filed under: 2010 • Joe Manchin • John Raese • Sarah Palin • West Virginia
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. cisco4

    There you GO again.. republicans .. You get in office and you as a Millionaire can repeal the Un-employment Insurance..Medicare.. Social Security.. and the New Health Insurance .Law... you like so much less than the Health Insurance you have yourself...Huh?...So how you going to help West Virginia?..With all this garbage you plan to do for us..?

    October 22, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Concerned Voter

    ...And his polls numbers dropped since dumb Sarah Palin endorsed him (aka any general election candidate's kiss of death is a Palin endorsement). Sorry, Raese!

    October 22, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. vic nashville tn

    Palin just want to make news every day let see after Nov 2 what she is going to do

    October 22, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    Are Raese supporters known as Raesists?

    October 22, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. No Tea For Me

    Well Duh, his wife doesn't live with him, his primary residence is in Florida.

    October 22, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. fideauxdon

    So Sarah endorsed a guy who admits that he never worked for a living? Raese and Sarah have a lot in common, except that Raese never made additional money by pandering to idiots, like Palin does with the Tea Partiers.

    October 22, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Texas Doc

    Pennsylvania, West Virginia, its all the same, right? I bet Palin couldn't find America on a map of the United States.

    October 22, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I know my wife and 1,000 conservative women across West Virginia support her very much.
    In a state with a population of close to 2 MILLION people, that statement only PROVES how UNPOPULAR the half-termer is, bub.

    October 22, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. D. Bunker

    This pretty much proves Raese is unfit to govern. Palin is a spiteful, hateful, ignorant quitbull who has nothing to offer America except a good example of the type of lying politician Americans can no longer risk putting in office. She is disliked for by a vast majority of real Americans, and she is an excellent example of what happens when faceless millionaires and billionaires try to buy a party and "movement".

    October 22, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Mark

    So he IS moving to Pennsylvania to run now?

    October 22, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  11. mary225

    Palin endorsed Karen Handel in Georgia's GOP Governor's Primary, and she lost. And Georgia is a red state like West Virginia. It was great....Palin flew into Georgia and appeared with Handel at a swank Buckhead hotel, and two days later Handel lost the election, even though she was expected to win!!!! Sarah Palin is the kiss of death. And now Karen Handel owes Palin a bunch of money and she can't pay it....her campaign spent too much money on the Palin endorsement.

    October 22, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. German,IrishAmerican

    fideauxdon- A guy who never worked for a living? Must be talking about our affirmative action President Obama.

    Texas Doc- I bet she could find America on a map, however your boy Obama said there are 57 states in the union. Talk about being completely stupid.

    October 22, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    so I guess it's ok for a guy to run for senator in a state that he hardly even resides in. Heck he couldn't even find REAL West Virginia folk to be in an ad for him. As I keep saying the "dumbing down of our country" just continues.

    October 22, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. lauperzone

    Nice to see dems renounce tolerance and embrace thuggish bullying. take it away Nazi Public Radio. . . !

    October 22, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. independent

    She sees Russia from her front porch, she can't name a newspaper she reads, and she doesn't know who she supports are where they are located. Is this any surprise?

    October 22, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. George of the jungle

    Lordy west virginia I hope you can see through this guy. I love your state don't let some rich floridian ruin it. Vote all the repos out in November. They don't care about the middle class.As long as they can keep the tax cuts for the wealthy they sure won't help you. Get out and vote they out.

    October 22, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  17. Clwyd

    Talk about supporting a party line! Yes, yes , Yes if they are a nut case conservative, but no, no no, to helping America and Americans!

    October 22, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. Vote for Democrats

    With Republicans, its not what they are going to do FOR you, but TO you.

    October 22, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  19. they call me "tater salad"

    Sarah Palin is an ultra-moron, the guy's primary residence is Florida where his wife is actually a registered voter, is somehow running as a West Virginia candidate but would somehow be good for the people of Pennsylvania.......Do the math people......this isn't rocket science! What's this brain frozen dumbsh*t gonna say next?..........I can just imagine. You get what you pay for, "put your money on idiots and you get idiots in return".........Happens everytime, like they say "there's a sucker born every minute" well, the Tea Party is proof of it!!

    October 22, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  20. greta

    Those who dislike Sarah Palin are nobody...I bet you most of them aren't even registered to vote...how sad..

    October 22, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. barry

    Even though the people highly approve of Manchin they won't elect him into the Senate. The good people of West Virginia know Manchin will be a rubber stamp for Obama's job killing agenda. Raese will win with a large margin. Make fun of folks from West Virginia if you want but they are smarter than to support Obama's Bankruptcy for America Plan.

    October 22, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  22. Sour Palin....AGAIN?

    Question for CNN: Just what IS your record for the number of Palin-related non-news stories posted in a 24-hour period? Does somebody get a prize or something? Please stop punishing your readers with nonsense.

    October 22, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. John

    If that the case you may not be qualified to be in the U.S.Senate,if you are that dumb that you are glad she back you.SARAN PALIN is a Idiot plan as the nose on your face.

    October 22, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. George of the jungle

    stamp of approval. Like the woman knows wht she is talking about. She needs to get on her broom along with that other nut job and go sue NPRor something. Thet are all wackos vote the repos out . Wake up America arent you embarassed by all these looney people. You should be the world is laughing their heads off.

    October 22, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. Dan Pet

    Oh you guys are funny..."Sarah Palin is dumb" jokes. HaHaHa. They get me every time. Hey Texas Doc, I guess you didn't see the poll that shows Palin's endorsement is more of a positive to voters in Pennsylvania that Obama's. Check it out....or maybe you don't want to ruin your false image of Palin.

    October 22, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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