President Obama's first-term record has now driven the Democratic governor of West Virginia as well as one of the state's senators to say he might not vote for Obama.
"President Obama has apparently made it his mission to drive the backbone of West Virginia's economy, coal and the energy industry, out of business," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, D-W.Va., told the Charlotte Daily Mail. Tomblin does not like Mitt Romney, either, but is troubled by the president's "misguided policies."
Tomblin faces reelection in 2012. During his special election campaign for governor last year, he was similarly skittish about committing to support Obama.
"What I am going to concentrate on is the race on Tuesday," Tomblin told the National Journal in October 2011, a week before the election. He refused to give a straight answer when asked if he planned to vote for Obama in the 2012 elections.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., also says he might not want Obama to win a second term. "I’ll look at the options," Manchin said when asked last month about his general election vote.
The freshman Democratic senator indicated pretty clearly that he doesn't want to support Obama and risk backlash from West Virginia voters sour on the president.
"I’m worried about me," he explained. "I’ve said it’s not a team sport. You need to go out and work for yourself."