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Former V.P. Candidate Stumps For Capito's Senate Bid

Reported by: Send eMail Kennie Bass
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Reported: Jul. 14, 2014 6:54 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 15, 2014 9:15 AM EDT
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U.S. House budget chairman Paul Ryan, an unsuccessful vice presidential candidate from the 2012 general election, visited Charleston to join Shelley Moore Capito in a business roundtable to talk about ways to deal with what they say are "the president's job-killing policies."

But while capping carbon emissions, revising the tax code and the Affordable Care Act were all discussed in detail, Ryan's main reason for the visit was to promote Capito's run for the U.S. Senate.

"If you want to stop the war on coal, if you want to have an accountable federal government, then you need to have Shelley Moore Capito come to the United States Senate and help us bring normalcy back to Congress," Ryan, the Republican from Wisconsin, said. "It's just that simple."

Capito was asked what Ryan's support means for her campaign.

"Oh, it means a lot to me, but it means a lot to the state," Capito said. "I'll remind you that every single county in this state voted to make Paul Ryan our vice president."

While Ryan was in Charleston promoting Capito, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren was appearing with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant at an event in the Eastern Panhandle. Ryan didn't mince words when talking about the Warren/Tennant partnership.

"Well, Elizabeth Warren is to the left of the left of the Democratic Party," Ryan said. "Elizabeth Warren is part of the war on coal. Elizabeth Warren is a part of the United States Senate that is blocking legislation to preserve coal jobs. Is blocking legislation to preserve energy jobs in America. I stand with Shelley Moore Capito because I know she stands with the people in West Virginia. And I know she's going to be a vote in the United States Senate to protect the jobs that are here in this great state."

According to surveys conducted in May, the West Virginia Poll and Rasmussen Report show Capito with between a 9 and 11-point lead over Tennant in their Senate race.



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