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 he’s not afraid to do it. Asked whether it’s typically Republicans who approach him, Manchin said that while it depends on the issue, he typically finds GOP partners more.
“Republicans do come [to me] quite a bit. They’re 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,” Manchin said. “A lot of Democrats have the same concerns and goals. I’m just looking to find the balance. The balance isn’t easy to find anymore.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.