Politics & Policy

West Virginia Ad Wars

Republican senate candidate John Raese released a new TV ad yesterday, stressing again how he will not support Obama policy initiatives while in office.

“You’ve heard me say that I won’t be a rubber stamp for Barak Obama,” Raese begins. “That means, as a conservative businessman, I’ll be a check and balance to Obama’s policies. In the senate, I’ll fight to repeal Obamacare, stop its tax increases, and protect our seniors.”

“I will never support Obama’s cap-and-trade legislation,” he adds. “That will cripple our economy.”

The spot ends with a large group of different ages shouting that “John Raese will never be a rubber stamp for Barack Obama.”

Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin’s out with a new ad, too, that features him earnestly talking before a shifting West Virginia landscape.

“I’m as mad as you are with what’s going on in Washington,” he says. “Both Democrats and Republicans are dead wrong. They put their party first, personal agenda second, and our country last. And they want you to believe I’m going to be a rubber stamp for that? Not a chance.”

“That’s not how we’ve made things better in West Virginia,” Manchin continues. “Give me the chance to shake up Washington, just like I did here as governor. I approve this message because I’ve always put West Virginia first and I always will.”

The Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee also released a new ad, slamming Raese for his Florida residence.

“Would John Raese represent West Virginia or Florida?” a narrator asks. “The Raeses have a mansion in Palm Beach. And signed an official form calling Florida their home. His wife even registered to vote there.”

“So maybe he should be Florida’s senator,” the narrator continues. “Because John Raese just doesn’t get us. Opposing the minimum wage. And siding with China on steel. That might be okay with the CEOs at the club in Florida, but around here, it’s just out of touch.”

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

Most Popular

Film & TV

Bill Murray: The King of Cool

Bill Murray’s Bill Murray impression is priceless in On the Rocks, the way John Wayne did a fantastic John Wayne parody in True Grit and Al Pacino found a new level of Pacino-ness in Scent of a Woman. I want to quote every line of dialogue Murray delivers in his new movie for Apple TV+ -- every hilarious piece ... Read More
Film & TV

Bill Murray: The King of Cool

Bill Murray’s Bill Murray impression is priceless in On the Rocks, the way John Wayne did a fantastic John Wayne parody in True Grit and Al Pacino found a new level of Pacino-ness in Scent of a Woman. I want to quote every line of dialogue Murray delivers in his new movie for Apple TV+ -- every hilarious piece ... Read More
Media

The Media’s Shameful Hunter Biden Abdication

In an interview with National Public Radio’s public editor today, Terence Samuel, managing editor for news, explained why readers haven’t seen any stories about the New York Post’s Hunter Biden email scoop. “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want ... Read More
Media

The Media’s Shameful Hunter Biden Abdication

In an interview with National Public Radio’s public editor today, Terence Samuel, managing editor for news, explained why readers haven’t seen any stories about the New York Post’s Hunter Biden email scoop. “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want ... Read More
Books

Orwell, Huxley, and Us

To hear some people tell it, America entered a dystopia long before the coronavirus and measures undertaken to combat it altered everyday life almost to the point of unrecognizability. As for which dystopia, and when, well — that depends on whom one asks. For many on the left, the annus horribilis was 2016, ... Read More
Books

Orwell, Huxley, and Us

To hear some people tell it, America entered a dystopia long before the coronavirus and measures undertaken to combat it altered everyday life almost to the point of unrecognizability. As for which dystopia, and when, well — that depends on whom one asks. For many on the left, the annus horribilis was 2016, ... Read More