Public Opinion: Filling Robert C. Byrd's Senate Seat

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As West Virginia lawmakers plan to meet Thursday to discuss the election process for filling U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd's seat, the general public is having mixed feelings on who should step in.

Wednesday, we hit the streets to see who local folks think should take the spot.

Many people say they'd like to see Governor Joe Manchin get the job, but at the same time, they don't want him to leave his position as governor.
Others say they believe there are other potential candidates who would fight harder for West Virginia.

Some say the state's next U.S. Senator has some big shoes to fill, and they have a list of qualities they'd like to see in the person who steps in.

"Honesty, someone who has lived in West Virginia, served a seat in West Virginia at some given time," Paul Kibbe said.

"Someone capable of doing the job and having integrity and honesty," Mary Archer said.

Some say they hope to elect someone who can live up to the standards set by Senator Byrd.

"I really kept up with him. I'd write him letters and he'd answer back. He was a great man," Ann Habeb said.

People also say they want the opportunity to vote on who fills the Senate seat, and they're hoping for an election soon.

Until that election can take place, Governor Manchin will temporarily appoint someone. His decision is expected to be announced by 5 p.m. Friday.

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