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Budget & Economy|
Earl Ray Tomblin: Deficit borrowing just kicks the can down the road.
Earl Ray Tomblin: 2011 budget: balanced; no new taxes; no new fees.
Joe Manchin III: Constitutional amendment requiring balanced budget.
John Raese: Constitutional amendment requiring balanced budget.
Joe Manchin III: Balanced budget amendment except in national emergency.
Natalie Tennant: Maintain health & retirement benefits during bankruptcies.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Relax rules on paying terminated employees within 3 days.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Sales tax credit for new business; & tax increment financing.
Joe Manchin III: Endorsed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Texting while driving now illegal; add phoning & drugs.
Earl Ray Tomblin: If you get high, you won't get hired--Drugs aren't working.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Substance abuse re-offenders cause prison overcrowding.
Earl Ray Tomblin: All children should read by the end of the 3rd grade.
Joe Manchin III: More accountability & more audits in the education system.
Joe Manchin III: Keep public education infrastructure strong.
John Raese: Competition is what's good for education.
John Raese: Allow families a voucher to send kids to private schools.
Earl Ray Tomblin: One-time $800 enhancement now; teacher raise later.
Energy & Oil|
Natalie Tennant: Coal will play vital role in West Virginia's bright future.
Joe Manchin III: I fought for coal in past & will fight for coal in future.
Joe Manchin III: EPA regulatory practices unfairly hurt Appalachian coal.
John Raese: Obama administration has caused decline of coal.
Joe Manchin III: 2010 ad: Shot a hole in the cap and trade bill.
Earl Ray Tomblin: We should be looking for more ways to use coal, not less.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Develop natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.
John Raese: Global warming is a myth.
Joe Manchin III: Obama's greenhouse gas plan won't solve the problem.
John Raese: Hands-off approach to energy production.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Identify and remediate land available for development.
John Raese: Abolish the EPA & the Department of Energy.
Natalie Tennant: Supports electronic voter registration and vote-by-mail.
Natalie Tennant: Voter photo ID laws place unrealistic barriers.
Joe Manchin III: Not more government, but easier government.
John Raese: I think we need less government.
John Raese: End the coalition of taking & government control.
John Raese: Federal earmarks create career politicians.
Joe Manchin III: Suspended state earmarking as governor; do same federally.
John Raese: Supports line-item veto & balanced budget amendment.
John Raese: Earmarks are taxation without representation.
Joe Manchin III: ObamaCare makes healthcare more affordable for everyone.
Joe Manchin III: Reform & repair ObamaCare, not repeal.
John Raese: ObamaCare is the problem, not the solution.
Earl Ray Tomblin: WV Connect: access for 10,000 working uninsured & spouses.
Joe Manchin III: I'm behind reform; but a lot of ObamaCare needs repeal.
Joe Manchin III: Opposes requiring individuals or businesses to buy insurance.
Joe Manchin III: Prohibit denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.
John Raese: ObamaCare is worst bill to ever come out of Congress.
John Raese: ObamaCare is pure, unadulterated socialism.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Our troops safeguard us from terrorism and protect freedom.
Earl Ray Tomblin: State cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs.
Earl Ray Tomblin: $20M for Unemployment Compensation Fund.
John Raese: Abolish the minimum wage.
John Raese: My forte is creating jobs.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Update pipeline safety statutes with $200,000 per violation.
Principles & Values|
Joe Manchin III: We can only fix things by coming together.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Priorities: business climate; education; reinvent government.
Joe Manchin III: My forte is creating jobs; I'll bring spirit of capitalism.
Joe Manchin III: To Raese: Mr. Obama's name will not be on the ballot!
John Raese: OpEd: TV ad with hick actors hilites part-time WV residency.
Joe Manchin III: Duty as governor to work with the president.
John Raese: No rubber stamp for the Obama administration.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Reduce, then remove, regressive & unfair sales tax on food.
Joe Manchin III: Don't mess with or increase taxes during a time of turmoil.
John Raese: Make tax cuts permanent, even for earners over $250K.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Foster public private partnerships to develop our roads.
Joe Manchin III: States depend on federal government for key infrastructure.