October 26th, 2010
10:51 AM ET
12 years ago

Manchin goes 'crazy' on opponent

(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.

Filed under: 2010 • Joe Manchin • John Raese • West Virginia
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Kevin Cantu

    correct me if im wrong but isn't the dfense budget for fiscal year 2011 like 700 Billion dollars???? Don't know where 20 billion came from but i think we spend enough on national defense...bad enough Obamacare is out there but so are pork barrell projects in the name of national defense too.....

    October 26, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. PalmReader

    Pretty sure this years batch of Republican candidates will be bad for all America. Whether they are all crazy though should be left up to the voters to decide. I have faith in my fellow citizens to do the right thing and vote a straight Democratic ticket in this years mid term.

    October 26, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Frist rule of anything . . . . don't sound defeated before you actually lose.
    The rethugs are priceless 🙂 🙂

    October 26, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Matt

    Yes because health care isn't nearly as important as national defense*rolls eyes*

    October 26, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |

    Someone should tell John that the Cold War is long over and that we do not need to spend another 20 Billion dollars on Defense! We also do not need to be in Iraq or Afghanistan and can effeftively battle the Terrorists with a relatively small group of Special Forces and Drones.

    October 26, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Kenneth Close

    All this Ad shows is that look at where West Virginia is now. How do we proceed? No mention of that.

    October 26, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Dina

    This tax payer would rather my taxes were spent on health care for Americans than bombing Iraq into oblivion when there was no threat from that country.

    October 26, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Rickster

    "More than half, or 54 percent, of Americans believe the tea party movement has been a good thing for the U.S. political system, our new survey revealed. Only 22 percent say that it is a bad thing, while 19 percent say it has made no difference."

    October 26, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Hugo

    I think Manchin should stay governor of West Virginia and allow WVa. to send Raese to DC. These coal and steel producing States like WVa and Pennsylvania have been so Unionized over the last 100 years the poor people working there remain to get a scrap of what they produce while the Union Masters take their monies and throw it away on political campaigns to retain their power. I so believe that there are enough people with their eyes open now to see what the Progressive Democratic Liberal leadership has in mind for us all. Just remember, they are smart and we are dumb, they live off our hard work and consider our money theirs, why they even count tax cuts as stolen from their pile of our money!

    October 26, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. stevegee

    West Virginians would be crazy to vote for any Democrat - all they've given us is a mountain of debt and doubt. On November 2nd, vote for the American principles of freedom and liberty, vote for a free market economy, vote for individual responsibility - vote Republican.

    October 26, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. William Jefferson

    At least this campaign ad is being truthful, not like the vile lis that republicon special interest groups are running here in PA trashing the good name of Admiral Sestak and Onerato. Sleazy toomey and isgraceful hack corbett could not raise sufficient funds, so bankers and oil and gas drillers are pouring money in - disgracefull.

    October 26, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'd rather spend 2.4 trillion on Healthcare for ALL our citizens here at home, than $20 billion on sending people off to get killed in an personally-motivated, and unnecessary war in Iraq. Add to that another $20 billion REBUILDING the same country that we just shot to smitherees, just so that we can employ the companies owned by our friends in government. Very nice way of "redistributing" the wealth.

    October 26, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Marge

    Gee but CNN still no story about the bunch of crazy rabid men supporters of Paul that beat a defenseless woman to the ground and kicked her in the head. Rack up another one for Beck, Rush and fox the 24 hour republican infomerical channel. Their incitement to riot and kill is working.

    October 26, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The amounts are wrong. I think the "20 billion on National Defense" is far short of the entire defense budget. The health care bill won't spend that amount. Can we get someone who can really tell where these numbers are from and how fair it is to compare them. Personally, I'd like to see more spent so that everyone can afford to go to the doctor for a regular check and not to the ER for the same thing.

    October 26, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    to bad I cant vote in WV, because I would not vote for this Democrat idiot.

    October 26, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |