West Virginia Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship fired back at President Donald Trump on Monday, implying that the president is part of the swamp he vowed to drain while lifting up his own Trump bonafides.
"My situation in West Virginia is Trumpier than Trump", Blankenship said on "Talkline".
"The President is a very busy man and he doesn't know me, and he doesn't know how flawed my two main opponents are in this primary", he said in a statement Monday.
"I want to make sure (U.S. Senate Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is not the majority leader".
"To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference", he wrote. "Most of these states did support Trump by more than just a few points". Blankenship is one of 6 GOP candidates vying for the U.S. Senate seat that is now held by W.Va. Democrat Joe Manchin.
"Our polls are close", West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, another candidate for the Senate nomination, told a small audience here on Sunday evening.
Also worrying senior Republicans is the fact that Jenkins and Morrisey spent the final stretch of the race savaging each other in debates and TV commercials, a dynamic that damaged both of them and could create an opening for Blankenship. But they worry that a similar dynamic could play out as in the special election for a Senate race in Alabama, when GOP voters backed hardliner Roy Moore, who went on to lose to Democrat Doug Jones amid accusations of inappropriate behavior with teenage girls decades ago. He served a year in prison after 29 miners died in the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. "That's the most important question that we're going to have to resolve", Morrisey said when asked about U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Blankenship argued that neither Jenkins or Morrisey could beat Manchin without his support, but he would prevail over the Democratic stalwart "even without the support of the establishment".
"Swamp Captain Mitch McConnell has contributed tens of thousands of jobs to China Folks", Mr. Blankenship stated in 1 firm, alluding to the shipping work of Mr. McConnell's father in law, an American citizen.
The ad also drew criticism for the use of the term "China family", to describe McConnell's in-laws.
"No more fumbles like Alabama", he said.
"I think he would follow in the exact same footsteps as our president", Newbrough said.
President Donald Trump has insisted his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to help him win the election. "We need to win in November", the younger Trump tweeted.
A super PAC linked to Democrats has been running ads in West Virginia attacking Jenkins and Morrisey for weeks.