Here is the live stream of the Manchin Raese debate in West Virginia. The senate candidates square away on national television on October 18th, 2010. Time of the debate is 5:00pm PT / 8:00pm ET. You can watch on CSPAN cable, or on local TV if you live instate, and of course we have the West Virginia debate live streaming feed for you on Right Pundits.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV - JULY 02: West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin and actress Jennifer Garner participate in the ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the Casino Club at The Greenbrier on July 2, 2010 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Latest West Virginia polls show clearly that John Raese is leading Joe Manchin in a close contest.

The ascendancy of John Reese is a huge surprise to the political establishment around the nation. Raese has run three unsuccessful statewide campaigns so far, two for senate and one for governor. Joe Manchin, on the other hand, is a popular governor with a plus 60% approval rating in West Virginia. How he got from that point to trailing Raese is the riddle of the 2010 election nationwide.

Republican challengers around the country have been successful at tying Democrats to immensely unpopular Barack Obama social welfare state programs. In West Virginia things are no different. Joe Manchin would have supported most of Obama’s socialist agenda, such as cap and trade, Obamacare, and high taxes. He is a supporter of Obama’s unpopular policies, a point made by John Raese time and time again as you will see in the West Virginia debate. Indeed to many voters, they stop listening after learning that Obama endorsed Joe Manchin, believing it would make it easier for another Democrat to rubber stamp his agenda in Washington.

John Raese seems genuine, somehow, the sort of person you can trust to do the right things in Washington. And for West Virginians, the right thing is to use a cautionary, critical eye toward legislation that Obama is trying to ram through congress in his utopian effort to reshape America in his image. Voters don’t want an automatic no vote against everything in Washington, but they do want someone who will actually think about the issues.

Raese has promised to stop the preposterous federal spending that Democrats in congress have run up. Manchin is unable to stake a similar claim because he is so closely tied to the president and Democrat establishment in Washington. Look for him to stress his qualities as a leader and experience managing state welfare programs in West Virginia.

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Until the debate starts you can enjoy the video below which explains Joe Manchin’s record on cap and trade.