State of West Virginia Archives: on Principles & Values


John Buckley: Smaller state means less separation-of-church issue

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?

A: Neutral. I'm comfortable with the recognition of God in the public sphere, but I favor a much smaller public sphere in the first place, so small that it ought not to accomplish much or matter much whether any aspect of religion is recognized in the public sphere.

Source: Email interview on 2014 W.V. Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 5, 2014

Joe Manchin III: We can only fix things by coming together

Manchin repeatedly stressed he is working for West Virginia, and its best interests, as a senator in the nation's capital. "Let me make it very clear the only team I belong to is team America, and team West Virginia. I'm the most centrist senator in the Senate. I don't vote for the party, I vote for the issues. Always have, and I always will. I think West Virginia we have proved that you can only fix things by coming together," Manchin said.
Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting on 2012 W.V. Senate debate Oct 3, 2012

Earl Ray Tomblin: Priorities: business climate; education; reinvent government

    It is my hope that we can agree on these three priorities as we move forward.
  1. Our top priority must be to continue to improve our business climate to attract, retain, and create good paying private sector jobs.
  2. We must improve and reform our entire educational system to better prepare our citizens for the jobs of tomorrow.
  3. We must reinvent, simplify and make government more efficient and responsible to the people and businesses of our state.
Source: 2011 W.V. State of the State Address Jan 12, 2011

Joe Manchin III: My forte is creating jobs; I'll bring spirit of capitalism

Manchin mostly emphasized to voters that, in Washington, he would not be tightly joined with either party.

Raese, the millionaire heir to a powerful company in the state, repeatedly cited his business acumen, promising to "bring the spirit of capitalism to the United States Senate."

"My forte is creating jobs," he said.

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

Joe Manchin III: To Raese: Mr. Obama's name will not be on the ballot!

Manchin distanced himself repeatedly from Pres. Obama, while his GOP opponent constantly invoked "Manchin and Obama" as if the two men were running mates.

Manchin emphasized his opposition to parts of the president's health care overhaul and said he would be "independent" from his party in Congress. Asked by one of the debate moderators to name a policy advanced by Democrats he agreed with, Manchin named Social Security, Medicare and the minimum wage--avoiding any of the major bills Obama and the Democrats have passed over the last two years.

Nonetheless, businessman John Raese, who has surged in the polls by linking Manchin to Obama, assured the audience that the president and governor "are together" on most key issues.

"I hate to inform my opponent, but Mr. Obama's name will not be on the ballot," Manchin said after Raese had linked him once again to the president.

"The bottom line is President Obama or President Bush, I'm an American, I want my president to succeed," Manchin said.

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

John Raese: OpEd: TV ad with hick actors hilites part-time WV residency

Manchin claims that Raese's GOP backers called for "hicky" actors to represent West Virginians in a TV ad. In fact, it was the National Republican Senatorial Committee that posted the casting call, not the Raese campaign. However, Raese never apologized for the offending text.

What perhaps makes the "hicky" insult stick is that Raese seems to many to be only a part-time West Virginian. Raese and his wife, Liz, own a mansion in Palm Beach, Fla. Mrs. Raese and their two daughters spend most of their tim in Florida. At least one of their daughters attends a private school in Palm Beach.

The Raeses take a $50,000 tax credit on their Palm Beach house that is available only to Fla. permanent residents. It appears they get away with this by having Mrs. Raese registered as a Fla. resident, while Mr. Raese is registered as W.V. resident.

It is unclear whether Raese pays West Virginia state income tax. The Raeses have thus far refused to make their tax and residency records public.

Source: Daily Athenaeum coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

Joe Manchin III: Duty as governor to work with the president

Both Manchin and Raese called for a federal balanced budget amendment, criticized Pres. Obama for his administration's proposed regulations of the coal energy and advocated repealing most parts of federal health care reform.

Raese claims Manchin would be a "rubber stamp" for the administration. Manchin said it is his duty as the state's governor to work with the president.

The Obama administration's pursuit of a cap-and-trade policy for greenhouse gases has not gone over well in coal country.

Source: State Journal coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate Oct 7, 2010

John Raese: No rubber stamp for the Obama administration

Both Manchin and Raese called for a federal balanced budget amendment, criticized Pres. Obama for his administration's proposed regulations of the coal energy and advocated repealing most parts of federal health care reform.

Raese claims Manchin would be a "rubber stamp" for the administration. Manchin said it is his duty as the state's governor to work with the president.

The Obama administration's pursuit of a cap-and-trade policy for greenhouse gases has not gone over well in coal country.

Source: State Journal coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate Oct 7, 2010

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