POINT PLEASANT — When U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and U.S. Congressman Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., made stops in Point Pleasant last week, they both weighed in on the current presidential race.
When speaking with the Point Pleasant Register, neither supported a specific candidate but had opinions on the way this primary election season was taking shape.
“I categorize it (the primary season) as interesting,” Capito said. “Here’s the plus, I think. If you look at what’s going on around the states, all the different states that have already voted in their primaries, there are record turnouts, so there’s a lot of people voting and interest that hasn’t been there before, and I think a lot of that is coming from the different kinds of candidates we have on the Republican (side) and also Bernie Sanders is bringing a lot of people out on the Democrat side, more non-traditional. I’d like to see us (GOP) come together and have a unified voice. Hopefully, we’ll get that at the convention.”
“It is turning traditional presidential political campaigning upside down,” Jenkins said on this primary season. “There’s no question that Donald Trump is tapping into a level of frustration … a level of anger, and I see it in West Virginia. I see it in the 3rd Congressional District.”
Jenkins then talked about the Obama administration and what he considers “devastating” ideology that he feels has hurt West Virginia.
“To have Hillary Clinton, in a moment of candor, say, ‘I’m going to put a lot of coal miners out of work,’ people are mad,” Jenkins said.
“They talk about elections being a change of pace or change of direction, and 2016 is certainly shaping up to be a change of direction,” Jenkins added, talking about the Democratic side as well, calling Sanders a “democratic socialist” who was “obviously getting a lot of traction” during this campaign season that was anything but traditional. “I think the tone on both sides is on a level, I think, we have not seen at the presidential politics level.”
Jenkins then talked about an “era” of seven years of the Obama administration.
“Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are basically embracing the Obama legacy. Both are campaigning on who will carry on the Obama legacy,” Jenkins said. “On the Republican side, which I am proud to be a part of, we see all candidates saying we need a different direction from the last seven years, and the last seven years has not been good for West Virginia. A third term of the Obama administration would be devastating for West Virginia.”
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