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Manchin calls on NRSC to apologize for 'hicky' ad

In a press release, West Virginia Gov. (and Democratic Senate candidate) Joe Manchin called on the National Republican Senatorial Committee to apologize for airing a TV ad featuring actors posing as "hicky" West Virginians

"John Raese and his special interest friends have insulted the people of West Virginia and need to immediately apologize," Manchin said. "Not only have they been spending millions to try and buy this election with lies and distortions, we can now see once and for all what he and his friends really think of West Virginia and our people. It's offensive and it only proves that John Raese has spent too much time in the state of Florida, living in his Palm Beach mansion, and doesn't know, understand or respect the great people of this state, and what we stand for."

Here's the Politico piece that broke the "hicky" story: "A Republican ad that shows a couple of regular-looking guys commiserating in a diner about West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) turns out to have been shot with actors, from a script, in Philadelphia. But not just any actors: 'We are going for a "Hicky" Blue Collar look,' read the casting call for the ad, being aired by the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "These characters are from West Virginia so think coal miner/trucker looks."