SUPPORTING THE PRESIDENT? W.Va. Governor & Jr. Senator Are Tepid Toward Four More Years For Obama
Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Also Contributing: John Tincher
Reported: May. 3, 2012 5:41 PM EDT
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West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin spent several hours congratulating 8th grade students who earned a Golden Horseshoe award for their knowledge of the Mountain State's history.
However, the democrat is far less enthusiastic about either of the men who will most likely battle for the office of U.S. President.
Tomblin supported President Barack Obama in his initial run for the office in 2008. But the governor says the actions of the administration's Environmental Protection Agency toward coal have changed the equation.
Tomblin isn't alone in his lukewarm attitude toward the president. Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, who enthusiastically endorsed Obama's candidacy four years ago when he was West Virginia's governor...now says he's unsure if he'll vote for him again.
Like Tomblin, Manchin is also refusing to embrace presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. That's opened both men to criticism from both sides of the political aisle that they are sitting on the fence...afraid to incur the administration's wrath by admitting they don't want the president to have four more years in office.
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