CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For one day at least, the eyes of the political nation will be on West Virginia.
Today, the Mountain State hosts Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate for vice president in 2012, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a progressive icon and an outspoken critic of Wall Street. Both are in West Virginia to campaign for their party’s candidate to replace the retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller in the U.S. Senate.
Ryan and Warren are on the short list of names tossed about as possible presidential candidates in 2016. Warren has repeatedly said that she is not running for president, but her denials are always couched in the present tense, as in, she is not currently running for president.
Ryan will join Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., at a business roundtable at 12:30 p.m. at the Charleston Marriott.
On the other side of the state, Warren will campaign with Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, a Democrat, at 2 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel in Shepherdstown.
Ryan and Capito will meet with small-business owners, members of the business community and job seekers. The event is billed as a “conversation about overcoming President Obama’s job-killing policies and getting West Virginians to work.”
Tennant will use her rally with Warren to launch a statewide education tour. She will push for a bill sponsored by Warren that would lower interest rates on student loans in an attempt to make college more affordable.
Both campaigns have used the other’s celebrity guests as an opportunity to attack..