Secretary of State Natalie Tennant headlines today’s 12:30 p.m. meeting with the Charleston Daily Mail editorial board and Democrat candidates for U.S. Senate. Follow along with the video stream and comments in our live blog below:
That’s all from the meeting. Look for the complete follow up in Wednesday’s Daily Mail.
Tennant: I’m known as someone who cooperates. Said she works well with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, state-level Republicans.
Tennant: I will work very well, as I have always, with Sen. Manchin.
Tennant: I’m proud of the relationship that I have with the leaders of West Virginia…Sen. Manchin has endorsed me and sees me as someone with whom he can work.
Tennant: Look at the $4.2 billion in coal exports (from West Virginia)… that’s what we need to continue.
Tennant: I’m not the type of person who sits on the sidelines.
Tennant: We can be energy independent in West Virginia and in the US, which can help with political efforts, strategy internationally.
Tennant: West Virginia plays a huge role in the rest of the world. Per capita, West Virginia has one of the highest military participation rates.
Wamsley: You have to have a world view. There are countries in the east…who would like to have a bigger presence in the United States.
Tennant says she is familiar to the people of West Virginia (as the WVU mountaineer, as a television reporter) because she worked hard to do well.
Tennant: This race is going to be won on West Virginia values…and not the Wall Street dollars that have come in for Congresswoman Capito.
Wamsley: Most of this (Capito) money comes from corporate entities (then he shills for money from corporate entities)
Wamsley: I have a realistic chance of winning, because some of the name recognition the secretary has is negative.
Wamsley again going after Tennant for claims about her office not being open enough.
Wamsley says he’s gone to several “meet the candidate” meetings that Tennant did not attend. “We call you no-show Natalie.”
Wamsley: I went to your (Secretary Tennant’s) office to learn about a campaign.
Tennant: I have always felt, from the time I took office, if people saw an insight into how their leaders work, they’re going to be more inclined to get involved.
Tennant: Upgrade for the campaign finance system, you’re right, is unacceptable.
Tennant: Turnaround with businesses filing online. That equates to real time and real money being saved by businesses.
Tennant: Time and time again, we have been praised, we have been awarded for all the things that we have done. May be the only state to offer an online chat for businesses.
Tennant: System that was in place when I came in to office was a real issue.
Tennant, on campaign finance reporting system: “The reports…are unacceptable. The company that was hired to update the campaign finance reporting system has not met the standards of my office.”
Wamsley says he also agrees with the president’s handling of the crisis in Ukraine.
Wamsley: Agree with president on the need for healthcare, but doesn’t think policy was efficient as it could have been. Says want free healthcare, but not socialized medicine.
Wamsley: I agree with President Obama on a lot of things. “You don’t scream at the firemen when they come and arrive at the fire.” (Says president came to office during a terrible economic time.)
Tennant says she agrees with piece of president’s Affordable Care Act component that doesn’t allow insurance companies to deny coverage for a pre-existing condition.
Tennant: Quite frankly at this point, I don’t think I have a whole lot where I would be with the president on.
Tennant asked about what topics/issues where she sees eye to eye with President Obama. She answers question with policy areas where she disagrees with the president.
Tennant: I have policy differences with the president, policy differences with the EPA…
Wamsley: Wind and solar, I have great hope for that in West Virginia.
Wamsley: Coal as a source of energy may be finite for a number of reasons…there are issues that are economic and there are issues that are demand-related.
Wamsley, responding to Tennant: grew up with no bathroom, no running water.
Tennant: As Secretary of State, you’ve seen how we’ve used technology to help (people)
Tenannt: For me, throughout my career, whenever I’m faced with a tough situation, I think back to the farm.
Tennant: I don’t answer to the party, I answer to West Virginians.
Tennant: Fight oversight that would hurt our jobs.
Tennant: I think it’s unconscionable…for EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to have listening tour around the country for coal plant emissions and not come to West Virginia.
Tennant discussing issues throughout the state with high flood insurance rates.
Wamsley now attacking Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. and the likely GOP Senate candidate in the race. Says he believes the congresswoman is unliked and ineffective.
Wamsley (who lives in Williamstown): I would stand a better chance winning the U.S. Senate race than county commission (as a Democrat).
Wamsley says he’s the most conservative, moderate and liberal Democrat. Wants to bring home troops to protect the southern border of the U.S.
Wamsley: In the last year and a half, I’ve visited 90,000 people face to face.
Wamlsey’s worked as a road worker, railroad trackman, school teacher and small music store owner, according to information he’s provided the Daily Mail.
Wamsley: People came here to study us, now they came here to pity us. Says he’s against the federal Department of Education, Common Core. Doesn’t really go into details about why he doesn’t like them.
WamsleY: Widen roads in the state, keep better care of the trees, mountains around roads that can pose danger to drivers.
Wamsley (promounced Waaaams-lee) starts discussion about his candidacy. Leads with healthcare talk, promoting “free national healthcare”
Tennant: More investment in education; pre-schools, trade schools. Also fight drug trade in the state
Tennant now discussing energy policy. Hasn’t used the phrase “all-of-the-above” but touts coal, natural gas, wind energy
As Tennant has done repeatedly during campaign, points to returning $3 million from special revenue fund to state General Fund (http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201309120211) and SOS office involvement in investigations of election fraud from Democrats.
Tennant: When you grow up with nine people in a house and one bathroom, you learn how to get along.
Tennant: I’m running to put West Virginia first. After travelling around state, hearing people say “they’re disappointed in Washington.”
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant is here as well (she’s the last candidate we’re expecting). Here’s her campaign website: http://natalietennant.com/
Dave Wamsley, another Democrat filed in the US Senate primary, arrives at the candidate meeting first. Here’s his website: http://www.wamsleyforsenate.com/
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