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Sunday
Oct312010

Palin Rallies 'Mountain Mamas' in West Virginia

Republican John Raese is joined by former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin during a rally for his U.S. Senate campaign October 30, 2010 in Charleston, West Virginia. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHARLESTON, W.Va) -- Sarah Palin took to the campaign trail this weekend in a final push before Election Day, headlining a rally for West Virginia Republican Senate candidate John Raese.

"I'm seeing all these 'mountain mamas' and wondering, 'Mountain mamas? Is that anything close to the mama grizzlies?’" the former Alaska governor asked.

Palin drew big cheers from the crowd when she suggested that Raese's opponent, Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, should keep his current job.

"It's nothing personal. I like your governor. I've worked with him before. He's such a nice guy," Palin said. "But he's such a nice governor I think that Manchin in the mansion just kind of fits, to keep him there."

Raese and Manchin are running neck-and-neck for the seat held by the late Senator Robert Byrd.

Palin made no mention of her slip-up earlier this month on Twitter, when she incorrectly urged voters to support Raese for Senate in Pennsylvania. She later corrected the mistake.

West Virginian voters aren't the only ones hearing from Palin this weekend; she is also reportedly robo-calling 8.5 million social conservatives.

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Tuesday
Oct122010

WV Senate Candidate John Raese: I "Absolutely" Want to Abolish Minimum Wage

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Republican Senate candidate from West Virginia, John Raese, is taking aim at minimum wage, first signed into law by Franklin Delano Roosevelt as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

"The minimum wage is something that FDR put in place a long time ago during the Great Depression," Raese told ABC News.  "I don't think it worked then.  It didn't solve any problems then and it hasn't solved any problems in 50 years."

Raese continued, "The minimum wage is not something that you want to stay on as a permanent basis.  For example, if you have a minimum wage job, you don't stay there 20 or 30 years.  You don't put your children through college working on minimum wage.  One of the best things I can say, when you get the government out of micromanaging the economy -- you don't want government to set price controls, you don't want government to set wage controls.  It's an archaic system that frankly has not worked."

Asked if the federally mandated minimum wage should be abolished, Raese answered, "Absolutely."

Raese has surged in recent weeks by relentlessly arguing that Manchin, who has been a popular governor, would be a "rubber stamp" for President Obama if he were elected to the Senate.

Manchin is now touting his differences with President Obama -- in one recent ad he actually fires a bullet at the President's energy policy -- but Raese is not buying it.

"I always watch what people do and not what they say and we're talking earlier about Senator Clarke Goodman, I always like to get that name correct.  And since he's been appointed by Joe, he's done 100 percent of everything certainly President Obama wants," Raese said.

Senator Goodwin's first name is actually "Carte," not "Clarke," but he has consistently voted with the Democratic leadership since he was appointed by Governor Manchin to the Senate following the death of Senator Robert Byrd.

"Governor Manchin lines up right with President Obama," Raese said.  "So if it looks like a duck, it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, 9 times out of 10, it's a duck."

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