“I’ll take on Washington and this administration to get the federal government off of our back and out of our pockets,” Manchin says in the ad.
He notes his backing of the second amendment and the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, as well as his goals of cutting federal spending and repealing “the bad parts of Obamacare.”
Manchin announced last Wednesday that the state is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its crackdown on mountaintop-removal practices by the coal-mining industry.
Manchin’s troubles in the race to succeed Byrd — despite his high approval rating as governor — have been used to illustrate the problem some Democrats are having in being linked to President Obama and national Democratic leaders.
Raese has steadily improved in the head-to-head race, and he edged ahead in a recent Rasmussen poll.
Raese’s campaign last week argued Manchin was timing the lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency to coincide with his struggles in the Senate race.
“West Virginians need someone in Washington that won’t be a rubber stamp for President Obama’s radical agenda,” Raese spokesman Kevin McLaughlin said in an e-mailed statement at the time. “They need someone who has the foresight to stand up for West Virginia values and oppose government overreaches like Obamacare and cap-and-trade before they become law, not after polls get tight.”
Raese has accused Manchin of flip-flopping on the cap-and-trade issue.
Manchin last year signed a bill requiring electric companies to obtain “credits” by 2025 to account for 25 percent of their electricity generation. These credits can come from obtaining electricity through “alternative energy.” That can include things such as “advanced coal technology,” waste coal and fuel from coal gasification, as well as from renewable energy sources.
Raese has labeled it as being akin to last year’s House cap-and-trade bill, which required U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions to be reduced by 17 percent by 2020.