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Sen. Manchin: I'm Staying in the Senate to Help My Home State

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Thursday, 15 Dec 2016 01:58 PM

Sen. Joe Manchin, after speaking with President-elect Donald Trump, said he had a good conversation with him about energy policy, but he believes he can still help his home state of West Virginia and the United States by staying in the Senate.

"I think we need to bring bipartisanship," the Democratic senator told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "He [Trump] knows I'm a centrist in bringing people together. I'm excited about [New York Sen.] Chuck Schumer coming in as our new leader on the Democratic side. You'll see things happening. I really do."

Manchin said he knows Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson from his work with the Boy Scouts, after The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve camp was built in West Virginia.

"Rex has been very much involved," said Manchin. "He's a character builder. He loves leadership. He loves working with these young men and women and Rex brings a lot to the table. Rex is tough."

There are concerns about Tillerson's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Manchin said he is not worried about that at all.

"I did a conference with The Aspen Institute in Germany about the relationship between Russia and the U.S., and I asked one of the Russians after a week of dialogue, I asked him, I said 'tell me about the Cold War.' He said the Cold War is colder today than it was when it was declared, so that tells me we have no communication going back."

If Tillerson has a relationship with Putin and Russia, the United States can build from that," said Manchin, pointing out he's more concerned with Tillerson's financial ties as CEO of Exxon Mobil.

Meanwhile, Manchin said he agreed to meet with Trump, even though he's a Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton, as he'll work with the president, whoever wins.

"That's my job as a senator representing my state, so I was honored to go in, talk to him, build a rapport," said Manchin. "I went in there. I met Ivanka, she was there. Beautiful lady. Jared Kushner was sitting there. We had Reince [Priebus] there and Steve Bannon. I got along fine with everybody. These are people that I've got to work with."

Meanwhile, Trump was accepted in West Virginia over Clinton, who said "things that were extremely toxic in my state," but he still believes she could have helped his state. However, Democrats are different in West Virginia than in Washington, where "they forget there's a rural America."

But Democrats, instead of being the party of the working man and woman, "have become so politically correct that we have become the party of preventing the working man and woman from working."

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Sen. Joe Manchin, after speaking with President-elect Donald Trump, said he had a good conversation with him about energy policy, but he believes he can still help his home state of West Virginia and the United States by staying in the Senate.
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