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Manchin, Dem Group Defend Record on Border Wall

Trump considered tapping the Democrat to lead the Veterans Affairs Department.

June 14, 2018, 10:42 a.m.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D) launched a TV ad accusing state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, “and the Washington establishment” of attacking him, adding he “voted to fund President Trump’s wall.”

Duty and Honor’s first TV ad similarly proclaims Manchin was “one of three Democrats to vote with President Trump to fund the wall” and that while Manchin is “one of us,” Morrisey “is a New Yorker” who “lobbied for opioid drug companies.” (Medium Buying)

Both spots counter One Nation’s recent ad accusing of having “opposed funding for Trump’s border wall.”

WON’T LEAVE THE BATTLEFIELD. “Senior White House officials were in serious discussions with” Manchin “this spring to gauge his interest in joining President Trump’s Cabinet as Veterans Affairs secretary after presidential physician Ronny L. Jackson’s nomination imploded. … Manchin backed out once he saw a poll suggesting he could win his race and heard from others the job was too difficult. … Trump gave two top White House officials a green light to reach out to the senator and seriously considered nominating him. … [T]he White House did not extend a formal offer because there was worry that if it happened, and Manchin turned it down, it could make it difficult for the president to campaign against the senator.”

“Manchin said he viewed the discussions as being about how to find the best person for the Veterans post — not filling the position himself. … But White House officials said they specifically asked Manchin about leading VA himself and believed he was interested.” (Washington Post)

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