Appearing on ABC News’s Top Line, West Virginia Republican Senate nominee John Raese tried to brush off the recent flap over a national Republican ad in this key race, which much to the party’s embarrassment was produced using a casting call for “hicky” looking actors.
Raese said that the controversy over the ad “doesn’t throw me off any rails.” He also added: “There is no such thing as a perfect campaign. Have you ever met anybody who ran a perfect campaign? You let me know about it.”
Raese also reiterated his opposition to the minimum wage, and his support for ending it. “The minimum wage is something that FDR put in place a long time ago during the Depression,” said Raese. “It didn’t solve any problems then, and it hasn’t solved any problems in 50 years.”
He also added: “When you get government out of micro-managing the economy, you don’t want government setting price controls, you don’t want government setting wage controls.”
The TPM Poll Average currently gives Raese a lead of 47.9%-45.1% over Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin.