Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., says he is not happy with the Obama administration’s efforts on economic and energy issues, and he’ll have to evaluate “what is best for West Virginia” when deciding whether to back the president for re-election next year.
The freshman senator and former West Virginia governor made the remarks while speaking with reporters to mark his first year in office after succeeding the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, according to the Wheeling Intelligencer/News Register
Manchin’s critique did not stop with President Barack Obama: He also admonished Congress for neglecting the nation’s problems, while concentrating on the 2012 ballot.
“I’m sure people are not happy with Congress, either,” Manchin said. “We have a 9 percent approval rating, and I’m still looking for those people who think we're doing something right. I can’t find those people. There’s failure in Washington from top to bottom.
“We have another year until the election," Manchin said. “I want this president to do well — just like I do any president. But I’m here to support West Virginia, and I have to do what is best for the state. Come next year, I’ll have to evaluate results.”
Manchin said he and other West Virginians are concerned about “high unemployment, a stagnant economy, an EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] that is shutting down industry and killing jobs.”
“We need to get America back on track and restore confidence so that we can grow our economy,” he said.
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