The consultant said that Raese is probably more conservative on social issues than Capito and that a lot of Republicans in the state have differences with her, on abortion in particular. However, the consultant said her institutional support and statewide name identification would likely be more than enough to carry her through a primary against Raese.
Raese said Congress needs more people from the private sector and fewer career politicians.
"Republican Senators, Democratic Senators, all of them have to answer the question: Are you going to quit spending? Are you going to cut some regulation? Are you going to make this country great again?" he said.
Asked whether he identified with the tea party movement, Raese said, "I'm in the mold of 'Don't tread on me', and I think they are in that mold, too."
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.