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The Tea Party wants more conservatives in the U.S. Senate, and John Raese is just one of many candidates who can help make that happen.

That was the message of a Sept. 18 Tea Party rally at the state Capitol. Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express, said she promised Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., that the Tea Party would send more conservatives to Congress. In the 2010 election, the movement was successful in getting several conservatives elected to Congress, swinging the House of  Representatives back to Republican control.

Now, the group has its sights set on the Senate, where they say Majority Leader Harry Reid has failed to provide leadership. Raese, a Republican, said his opponent, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is partly to blame for the war on coal.

"What we have in front of us is an anti-capitalist in Barack Obama and … his sidekick Mr. Joe Manchin," Raese told the crowd of about 100. "There would be no war on coal whatsoever if it wasn't for the fact that Joe Manchin as a super delegate put Barack Obama in office."

Manchin has tried to distance himself from Obama since being elected to the Senate in 2010. He has said he's not sure who he is going to vote for in the November general election, prompting the West Virginia Democratic Party to pass a platform that requires all candidates to publicly support everyone on the Democratic ticket from top to bottom. However, Manchin still hasn't voiced his support for Obama.

"When he says he doesn't know who he's going to vote for for president, I can tell you who he thinks he's going to vote for for majority leader," Raese said. "He thinks he's going to vote for Harry Reid, he thinks."

The rally featured other speakers from Tea Party express, including Kremer and Howard Kaloogian.


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