Manchin, right, has worked across the aisle while in the Senate.
Manchin, though, would argue that the political middle ground is where the majority of work gets done and that heís not afraid to do it. Asked whether itís typically Republicans who approach him, Manchin said that while it depends on the issue, he typically finds GOP partners more.
ďRepublicans do come [to me] quite a bit. Theyíre looking for somebody that usually looks for the middle, those who have a reasonable request and think it might get bogged down because of the politics here. I appreciate that. I appreciate they [see] me as being a centrist. They look at the issue and not the politics,Ē Manchin said. ďA lot of Democrats have the same concerns and goals. Iím just looking to find the balance. The balance isnít easy to find anymore.Ē
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.