The controversial ad gained widespread attention in the national media, including on NBC's "Today" show, "Hardball" with Chris Matthews, Fox News and National Public Radio.
"As West Virginians, we work very hard to let people know about the beauty of our state and the hardworking nature of West Virginians," Roberts said. "It is troubling that the people responsible for the ad have not done more to say, 'This is wrong.'"
Perdue said, "This campaign is a race about truth or lies. The truth is actually coming out about the lies the Republican Senatorial Committee and Raese for Senate Committee are spreading."
Michael Stuart, a Charleston lawyer and chairman of the state Republican Party, told the "National Journal" last week that he had "no problem" with the controversial ad.
Lara Ramsburg, a Manchin campaign spokeswoman, said on Sunday, "The ad is insulting. They needed to apologize immediately. Days later, they still haven't.
"The state Republican chairman said he was proud of the ad. John Raese said the ad was just politics.
"The ad was insulting. They certainly did not take it down quickly. And the fact they have not apologized is even more insulting," Ramsburg said.
On Sunday, McLaughlin also criticized a new television ad being run by the Manchin campaign.
That ad states, "Raese moved his family to [Palm Beach] Florida to avoid paying West Virginia taxes....
"Raese's wife is registered to vote in Florida, so she can't even vote for him. Why should we?" the ad concludes.
McLaughlin said, "Desperation has pushed Gov. Manchin to a new low with this ad. Attacking a candidate's family is never acceptable, no matter how desperate a candidate is. Gov. Manchin should apologize immediately and pull this offensive, false ad."Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wcgazette.com