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Going with his gut: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin talks Trump, partisanship and upcoming elections

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of an exclusive two-part interview of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin.


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Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist known for seeking compromises, is West Virginia’s lone democratic federal representative.
(NCWV Media photo by Charles Young)

CLARKSBURG, W.Va.  — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has never been the type of leader who spends his time in office courting voters.

Of course, he’d like your vote. But Manchin is more concerned with doing what he thinks is right than doing what he thinks will sway undecided voters.

“I tell people all the time, ‘If you’re looking for a yes person — I don’t care who the president is, man or woman, Republican or Democrat — I’m not that person,’” he said. “I always want to support my president, whoever he or she may be, but that’s not my job. Who’s my boss? I don’t work for the president — Article 1 and 2 of the Constitution are very clear — I work for the people of West Virginia.”

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