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.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.