Obama Stars, Sort Of, in West Virginia Governor's Race
President Obama continues to be the villain of the West Virginia gubernatorial race, as the Republican Governors Association released their first television ad in the contest.
Republican nominee Bill Maloney has already released an ad containing the line, "Barack Obama promised our children change. But the change he's promised has darkened," and in Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's first ad he says, "Since the day I became governor, I fought the Obama Administration's war on coal."
Wednesday, the RGA released an ad saying that "If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck -- Earl Ray Tomblin's plan for state retirees' healthcare sure does look like another plan we've seen: Obamacare."
It's no surprise that Obama has been a focal point in the race: He's deeply unpopular in West Virginia, and Tomblin won't commit to supporting the president in the election. He needs to keep his distance to win, and Maloney needs voters to associate the governor strongly with the president.