Manchin weighs in following Trump rally in Charleston

Published: Aug. 22, 2018 at 12:21 AM EDT
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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says he has voted with President Donald Trump 60 percent of the time.

"More than any other senator has voted in a bipartisan way. More than anybody. Two things he's upset about. He's upset I didn't vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act not when 80 percent of West Virginians are benefiting by it and it's helping them," Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said.

Manchin was responding to comments that have been made by his opponent Patrick Morrisey and President Donald Trump as a part of the U.S. Senate campaign.

Morrisey, the current Republican Attorney General of West Virginia, is looking to unseat Manchin in a seat that has long been held by Democrats, namely Robert C. Byrd.

The other vote of Manchin that the President is upset about is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Manchin also voted against that.

"I hope it does work, but I know right now we've had more debt than we've ever had. We are borrowing more money than we've ever borrowed and that bill if I would have voted for that bill that bill basically started unraveling the Affordable Care Act, because it basically repealed the mandate."

At a rally for Morrisey Tuesday night in Charleston, the president said "I like Joe, he just doesn't vote for us."

Both Manchin and Trump are very popular in West Virginia – a thought not lost on Manchin.

"The last time I talked to the president a couple weeks ago and he said, 'how are you doing?' I said, 'It's going to be fine, we are OK,' and I guess he thinks he has to do what he has to do. That's his prerogative. The thing I do know the polls in West Virginia, people like Donald Trump and they like Joe Manchin. So I think that we ought to work together."

Manchin says that even as popular as the president is, he can't hide or protect Morrisey from his record.

Manchin says that is a record of wanting to take away insurance coverage for people with preexisting conditions and his time spent in Washington lobbying for pharmaceutical companies.

On Tuesday, Manchin also came out in support of the EPA's plan to roll back the Obama administration's signature environmental plan limiting carbon emissions, called the Clean Power Plan.

The new Affordable Clean Energy Rule would allow states to determine their own carbon emission standards, with EPA approval.

Manchin, who has been endorsed by the UMWA, said the following in a statement released on Tuesday:

"I have spoken out against the Clean Power Plan since day one, and I am pleased that we are closer to ending this failed policy that hurt West Virginia. I'm proud that the U.S. Senate and the House passed my resolution to roll back President Obama's dangerous regulation. I am hopeful that this new approach from the Trump Administration will help stabilize energy jobs."