Joe Manchin III in 2010 W.V. Senate Debates


On Budget & Economy: Constitutional amendment requiring balanced budget

Both backed a constitutional amendment requiring the federal budget to be balanced, and both echoed the Republican Party's position of wanting all of the tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003 extended. (Neither offered details on how they would balance the budget.)
Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

On Corporations: Endorsed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Manchin noted his endorsements from the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, two largely conservative groups that are backing GOP candidates in nearly every race outside of West Virginia.
Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

On Health Care: I'm behind reform; but a lot of ObamaCare needs repeal

The Raese campaign makes at least three claims trying to tie Manchin to Obama: He's in favor of the recently passed health care reform, he was for the government stimulus package, and he supports cap and trade legislation.

On health care, Raese has repeatedly aired a clip of Manchin saying, "I am totally behind health care reform." What Raese tries to imply, but what Manchin doesn't say, is that he's totally behind Obama's particular version of health care reform.

People of all political persuasions agree that health care reform is needed; what is contentious is what shape those reforms should take. That Manchin said he's behind health care reform does not mean he supports Obama's version of reform. What Manchin has said is that there are problems with the enacted health care legislation and that "it needs to have a lot of it repealed, (and) if you can't fix that, repeal the whole thing."

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

On Health Care: Opposes requiring individuals or businesses to buy insurance

Raese declared the health care law "unadulterated socialism" and "the worst bill to ever come out of the United States Senate and House." He referred to the "myth that is global warming." (Manchin was not asked about global warming).

Manchin said he liked certain parts of the health care legislation, such as its requiring insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions, but he opposed the law requiring individuals to buy insurance and most businesses to cover their employees.

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

On Health Care: Prohibit denying coverage for pre-existing conditions

They also diverged on federal health care reform, which Raese called "pure, unadulterated socialism; the worst bill that has ever come out of the United States Senate and House." Raese said he would repeal the legislation entirely, complaining that it supplants what should be doctor-patient relationships with patient-bureaucrat relationships.

Manchin acknowledged problems with the legislation but said there are elements worth keeping, including provisions that prohibit insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. "There's a lot of good in the bill that Democrats and Republicans can agree on," Manchin said.

Medicare, Social Security and the Children's Health Insurance Program cover the needs of many Americans, Manchin said but there are others who are denied."A working person today is the one most vulnerable in our society," Manchin said. "If you're getting up every day and going to work, you're probably the most vulnerable part of our society. That has to change."

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

On Principles & Values: 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

On Principles & Values: 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

On Tax Reform: Don't mess with or increase taxes during a time of turmoil

Manchin is a popular governor serving his second term and known even by West Virginians who don't closely follow politics. To overcome that, the Republicans are trying to make the election a referendum on President Barack Obama. Manchin is banking on his popularity and track record, telling West Virginians to trust he'll be an independent voice.

Raese called the state of the nation's economy "almost catastrophic" and focused heavily on creating a pro-business environment, saying he would push for less regulation and taxation of corporations. He also advocated making tax cuts for people who earn more than $250,000 permanent, arguing it would stimulate investment.

Manchin, however, said he wouldn't "mess with or increase" taxes during a time of turmoil and touted his own ability to cut taxes by $235 million since he took office.

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

On Technology: States depend on federal government for key infrastructure

Millionaire Republican industrialist John Raese complained that federal earmarks create career politicians in a bloated government and indicated he'd be reluctant to pursue public dollars for projects best left to the private sector. "I don't think it's the best answer for the problems of West Virginia," he said. "I want to bring back the spirit of capitalism--to create the freedom of an individual." Raese argues state economies would be better served by cutting taxes and easing regulations on business.

But Manchin said states depend on the federal government for key infrastructure like roads, water and sewage lines, and broadband Internet access. Without government, he said, poor, rural states would suffer. "The free enterprise system is not going to go there. They're only going to go where the market is," Manchin said. "And for all of us to have an opportunity there has to be a partnership. The federal government and state government should be your partner, not your provider."

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

On Budget & Economy: Balanced budget amendment except in national emergency

As for stimulating the economy and getting back to work, both candidates favored a free-market approached as opposed to government taking a leading role in job creation. Raese was critical of the economic stimulus package passed by Congress, comparing it to the New Deal of the Great Depression.

Both men called for a balanced budget amendment that would require Congress to balance the nation's books every year and not run up debt.

Neither candidate provided details about how they propose balancing a multi-trillion-dollar budget, but Raese said he favors giving presidents line-item veto power--something that Byrd staunchly opposed. Manchin said the only time the amendment should be suspended was during war or a national emergency.

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

On Energy & Oil: Obama's greenhouse gas plan won't solve the problem

Raese has accused Manchin of creating a state "mini cap-and-trade" program by convincing lawmakers last year to pass legislation requiring 25% of the energy used in the state to come from alternative and renewable resources.

Manchin also was highly critical of attempts by the Obama administration to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, saying the path it was taking wasn't going to solve the problem. But technology that could allow the U.S. to continue using coal while minimizing CO2--known as carbon capture and storage--is years, if not decades, away from large-scale use, if it proves practical at all. And scientific organizations such as the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change say immediate action needs to be taken if the worst consequences of global warming are to be prevented.

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

On Government Reform: Suspended state earmarking as governor; do same federally

Manchin and Raese are seeking a seat that has for more than 50 years by a politician famous--critics would say infamous--for directing billions of dollars to West Virginia in budget earmarks, also known as "pork-barrel spending."

Asked whether they would continue Byrd's tradition, Raese indicated he would not, calling earmarks taxation without representation. "That is something that career politicians are very effective at," he said. "It services them, but it doesn't service Americans."

Manchin said he suspended earmarking at a state legislative level when he first took office as governor. He said earmarking was one reason why there needed to be a balanced budget amendment.

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

On Principles & Values: 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

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