April 20, 2012
Will Senator Manchin be a party switcher after the election?
Joe Manchin, the senator from West Virginia, is in a tough election fight and is finding it increasingly difficult to support President Obama and the Democratic party - especially when it comes to environmental policy. Elected in 2010 to fill out the remainder of Robert Byrd's term, Manchin has carefully distanced himself on many issues from the president, including Obama's EPA rules and Obamacare. Now he is uncertain as to whom he will cast his vote for president in November. National Journal: Calling it all but "inevitable that Governor Romney will be that person" on the Republican side, Manchin said it remains to be seen whether his constituents "feel connected" to Romney. Romney's support for the budget plan offered by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., raises the question of whether that proposal "basically attacks entitlement in an unfair way," Manchin said. The state has a high percentage of residents relying on federal benefits. "I am just waiting for it to play...(Read Full Post)