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Sen. Manchin takes on array of issues as election day approaches

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of two stories profiling candidates for the U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia. First is Incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. His Republican challenger, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, will be profiled next week.

By CHARLES BOOTHE

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

BLUEFIELD — Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is not happy about the “toxic” environment in Washington, decrying the partisanship and political posturing, and he also wants to set the record straight on two controversial positions he has taken.

One of most volatile issues that has surfaced and brought Manchin consistent national attention was the recent Senate confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

In the end, Manchin was the lone Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh, but only at the last minute and after conferring with two Republican colleagues with whom he works closely, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowsky of Alaska. Both had been holdouts as well and all three were waiting on the results of a week-long FBI investigation into the sexual assault accusations of Cristine Blasey Ford.

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