CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and rocker Ted Nugent spoke to hundreds of cheering, fist-pumping John Raese supporters at Charleston's Haddad Riverfront Park on Saturday.
Raese's campaign organized the event to boost the Republican's bid for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the June death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va. Raese faces Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin in a tight race.
The crowd at Haddad held up signs that read "Manchin = Obama." Throughout his campaign, Raese has claimed that Manchin would be a "rubber stamp" for the Democratic president. The election is Tuesday.
Palin urged West Virginians to vote down Manchin and force him to serve out his term as governor. She said she thinks Manchin is a good governor, and that "Manchin in the Mansion just kind of fits."
"We can't afford politicians that will rubber stamp [the Democrats'] agenda," said Palin, whose husband, Todd, also traveled to Charleston. "We can't afford this mother of all mandates, 'Obamacare.'"
Palin made a point to say West Virginians and Alaskans are politically similar. Residents in both states cling "to our guns, our God, and our Constitution," she said, playing on similar words Obama once used to describe Democrats' opponents in western Pennsylvania.
After her speech, Palin introduced Nugent, who played a rock version of the national anthem on his electric guitar before addressing the crowd.
"My name's Ted Nugent," he said. "I'm 62 years old, and I'm living the American Dream, and no one can stop me."
Nugent called himself the "Orkin Man" for the Democratic Party. He suggested that Obama has a socialist agenda, and relayed a message that his father told him when he was growing up.
"You want food, do your chores," Nugent said his father told him.
Nugent, the Detroit native often called the "Motor City Madman," is known for his gun-rights advocacy and his penchant for stirring up political controversy.
"The world sucks. America sucks less. And West Virginia during the deer season doesn't suck at all," Nugent said to the roaring crowd.
Nugent ended his speech by urging the crowd to tell friends to vote Republican. If they're Democrats, he said, "fix them."