Republican Senator-elect Shelley Moore Capito told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" she plans to work with a fellow West Virginian, Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin, when she goes to Washington, and hopes it will be a "model" of bipartisanship for other senators.
Capito said voters were "fed up with the gridlock and the partisanship" in Washington, and explained her background as a West Virginia congresswoman showed her the "value of bipartisanship."
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"I've known Joe Manchin for decades. We are friends. We'll be able to work well together. And, maybe that'll be a model for the rest of the Senate. I certainly hope so," Capito said Wednesday.
Capito will be West Virginia's first female senator
after beating Democrat challenger Natalie Tennant with 62.1 percent of the vote. She said the first thing Republicans would have to show as the Senate's majority party was to "prove that we can govern, and that's what we're going to do."
Capito cautioned fellow Republicans against trying to "take too big a bite," since the party would now control both houses of Congress, and advised lawmakers to look for common ground on legislation, such as tax reform and energy policy.
"I think that's what people want to see immediately, and what I want to see immediately, are some successes. And, I think we can achieve that," she said. "We've got to find a way so that we're not picking winners and losers in this country, because that really, I think, is the reason I'm going to the United States Senate."
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