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West Virginia Democrat Strikes Back at GOP 'Hick' Ad: 'It's Insulting'

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Predictably, the Senate campaign of Democrat Joe Manchin has seized on an ad produced by the National Republican Senatorial Committee which called for 'hicky' looking blue collar actors to play every-day West Virginians. Manchin put out his own ad this weekend, calling the GOP portrayal "insulting" and asserting that Republican candidate John Raese "thinks we're hicks."

The company making the GOP ad had put out a casting call, looking for actors to play guys in worn baseball hats, flannel shirts and work boots -- a 'hicky' look -- sitting in a diner and predicting that Democrat Manchin, if elected, would be a liberal rubber stamp for President Obama. To make matters worse, the commercial was filmed in Philadelphia, not West Virginia where Manchin currently serves as governor. When the story broke, the Republican committee pulled the ad, but it was too late.
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin
Although Raese's own campaign did not produce the questionable piece, he suffered the consequences when Manchin counter-attacked Saturday, appealing to Mountain State pride. After replaying part of the GOP senatorial committee ad, a narrator in the Manchin commercial declares, "obviously, we're not good enough for him (Raese)."

See the Democratic ad here:

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The republicans consider most West Virginians to be hicks and will work to help the wealthy elites if they get elected.

October 11 2010 at 10:50 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to andrc657's comment

Yeah, like the President says, "They cling to their religion and their guns." And you cling to your class envy stereotypes. Up the Revolution!

October 11 2010 at 3:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Talk about grasping at straws!! Did that sound to "hickish"? Guess if you don't dress in a 3 piece suit, you look "hicky"!! I'd say manchin is the one out of touch here! And talk about taxes, did John Kerry every pay his taxes on that yacht that he bought a few months back and parked in another state so he wouldn't have to pay taxes on it? As far as that goes, how many in this administration have NOT paid their taxes? Don't think the dems want to go down the "tax" road in this election!

October 11 2010 at 9:56 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Aren't we starting to get rediculous. I'm a dem, but this ad agencies casting call is far removed from the candidate himself, an apparently proud West Virginian. They seem to be looking for anything to attack with. Well, my family is from West Virginia - a small coal mining hollar, and I am not in the least offended. Casting calls have to be descriptive. If you're looking for the nerd type, you have to be able to say so. Same with the 'redneck' type, a term which originated in West 'By God' Virginia. I personally am MORE offended by the rediculous attack, rather than a focus on the issues at stake. When you can't stand on the issues, attack the person - Politics 101.

October 10 2010 at 2:12 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

As a right leaning moderate, I have to say WV has a very difficult choice. Manchin certainly comes across as a thoughtful and independent thinker when it comes to determining what is good for his State. The people have given him high marks as Governor. The dilemma: If he gets to Washington, he cannot only concentrate on WV, but must think about what is best for America, too. When the Libs/Progs start putting the screws to him when it comes to doing his best for WV, will he be able to withstand the pressure and continue to do what is right, first for the country, second for his State, and third for his personal political life? Very tough your best, WV, to pick the right one.

October 10 2010 at 12:24 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ettu's comment

Well thought out, and well stated!

October 11 2010 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As usual, making a mountain out of a mole hill. Grow up and get a sense of humor.

October 10 2010 at 12:13 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

The problem the Democrats have with this ad is that it is 100% accurate. Manchin has been a pretty good govenor( I live in WV and am a registered Republican). And yes the fear is that Washington Joe will be a rubber stamp for President Obama. P.S. Heard the ad several times and was not offended.

October 10 2010 at 8:23 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

So what's wrong with baseball hats, flannel shirts, and work boots? I wear them all the time. Does that make me a hick, or just a guy who likes to be comfortable when I work? Seems like critics think there is something wrong with those who work for a living. Does honest work make me a hick? If so, I'll proudly wear that title too.

October 10 2010 at 7:59 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
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Exactly what is wrong with our State and Federal Legislators, Chris, many whom have not truly WORKED for anything once they got into Congress. They have forgotten those who are the meat and potatoes that feed the growth and prosperity of America, and they look upon us with disdain. It is funny how those who write the rules and pass the laws think that they know how we should live our lives, yet, look at what they have done to our once strong and proud nation. Created a debt for the citizens that we have no idea how to pay, put millions of people on the dole for generations which creates generations more who know nothing better than the crumbs thrown by the politicians, seem unable to learn from the experiences of other countries when it comes to deciding the kind of governance that works best for the majority. Intelligent visionaries? I would say NOT, and it is time to start beating the bushes for those who understand the needs of the majority, and will work for the citizens rather than for their own wellbeing, wealth, and power.

October 10 2010 at 12:31 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

So the other guy lives in Florida? his own wife can not vote for did he get to run in he a transport of the republican party? just like they moved Alan Keyes to Illinois temporarily to run against Obama for senator?

October 10 2010 at 5:10 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Excellent ad, replacing Senator Byrd with another outsider, like Rockefeller, a New Yorker actually, would be a serious mistske. Joe Manchin is a West Virginan heart and soul... also the right man to represent his state in the senate.

October 10 2010 at 12:23 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

A few years ago the Dems dressed Robert Byrd up in bib overalls and a straw hat for a commercial. Now they're upset over this. Many of us wear boots and work clothes to make our living. We have no problem with the image. It's the ones who don't punch a clock or carry their lunch to work that have a problem with it. Many WV voters are turned off not by the commercial. But by the way the Dems are handling it. I am a blue collar worker. My vote is for the GOP.

October 09 2010 at 11:35 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply


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