Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

October 25, 2012

Endorsement: U.S. Senate, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin

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In West Virginia’s U.S. Senate race there is one candidate who stands tall as a supporter of not only coal, but Mountain State values and traditions. That man is U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

During his first two years in the U.S. Senate, Manchin has been a voice of reason and sanity, and a tireless fighter for coal and other abundant fossil fuels. Despite the deep bipartisan gridlock in Washington, Manchin has attempted — with a level of success — to build bridges between Democrats and Republicans. Although a Democrat, Manchin has been at the forefront of fighting for coal since day one in Washington through both words, and most importantly, actions. To say that Joe Manchin is not a friend of coal is a fallacy that most voters won’t fall for. In fact, we need a few more Democrats in Washington like Manchin who are willing to stand up and fight for coal — and common-sense values. He is now seeking a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

Manchin, the former governor of West Virginia, is once again being challenged by Republican John Raese. Raese, who was scheduled to appear before the Daily Telegraph’s editorial board this week, canceled the meeting. His campaign said another editorial board interview could not be rescheduled for the week.

After careful consideration, we unanimously endorse Manchin for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

 Those in West Virginia who know Joe Manchin understand his passion for the Mountain State is unconditional. He is not the type to back down, or buck under pressure. He will not throw West Virginia under the bus to appease the current administration despite his political party affiliation.

 Manchin is a fighter, one whose roots in the Mountain State run deep. He has shown that he is an advocate of business, standing strong in his support of West Virginia’s industries. However, he has also proven that he does connect with the “Average Joe,” understanding the basic needs and problems faced by residents across the state.

Manchin advocates common sense in Washington. He correctly argues that we shouldn’t be spending millions upon millions of dollars building roads, bridges and schools in Afghanistan. Instead, he believes we should be using that funding to build roads and bridges right here in America and, specifically, in the Mountain State.

He also realizes the current danger America faces in terms of reaching the so-called fiscal cliff, or tipping point. He believes getting America’s financial house in order should be a priority of Democrats and Republicans alike.

With that in mind, residents of the Mountain State must vote for the candidate who not only best understands the needs of West Virginia, but is also a common-sense lawmaker who is willing to work across political aisles for the betterment of our nation.

That man is Manchin.

When casting a vote on Nov. 6, we encourage voters across southern West Virginia to cast a ballot for Joe Manchin. Doing so is a vote for a brighter future for West Virginia, and America.

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