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Sunday
Apr142013

SNL Spoofs Senate's Work On Gun Control

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Days after the Senate cleared a significant hurdle in the debate on new gun measures, Saturday Night Live took aim at the Senate’s work on gun control in its cold open sketch last night, spoofing the Senate’s cloture vote on guns and the Manchin-Toomey background check deal reached this week.

"This week The Senate voted 68 to 31 to begin debating the idea of discussing gun control," the President Obama character, who is played by Jay Pharaoh, said of the Senate’s cloture vote Thursday. "Let me say that again. They've agreed to think about talking about gun control."

Obama then called on Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., played by Jason Sudeikis, and Pat Toomey, R-Penn., portrayed by Bill Hader, to join him on stage to tout the background check deal they brokered this week.

"These men risked everything for this bill," he said. "I mean, Senator Manchin represents West Virginia and he's proposing gun reform? He's gonna lose his job. And Senator Toomey, this man is a Republican who is willing to make just the slightest compromise on gun control? He's going to lose his job too."

"If our bill passes, no individual can purchase a handgun from a private dealer without being asked, 'Are you a good person?' as well as the follow-up question, 'Seriously, are you?'" the Toomey character said.

"Is this bill what we wanted? No," the Manchin character said. "Is it what the NRA wanted? No.  But does it at least help in some small way? No. Probably not."

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Sunday
Jan132013

Sen. Joe Manchin: Need an ‘All-In Approach’ to Curb Gun Violence

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Just days before Vice President Joe Biden is set to make recommendations to the president on how to curb gun violence, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said on “This Week” Sunday that the United States needs an “all-in approach” to solve the problem.

“We have to change the culture of mass violence we have,” Manchin said. ”If you think it’s only about guns, and that would change the culture, you are wrong. If you think it’s only about the lack of mental illness coverage that we give, you’d be wrong there. ”

“I’m saying that basically you have to have an all-in approach,” he said.

Manchin is an avid sportsman and a leading Democratic supporter of the National Rifle

“I would tell all of my friends in NRA: I will work extremely hard, and I will guarantee you there will not be an encroachment on your Second Amendment rights.”

The NRA was critical of the White House this week, following meetings with Biden and gun ownership groups. President Obama appointed Biden to lead a task force looking at gun violence in the United States in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., shooting that left 20 children dead.

 “We think what they’re talking about are basically feel-good measures that allow them to say, ‘Look, we’ve done this,’” NRA President David Keene told ABC News. “None of these things are going to prevent the next school shooting.”

Biden is expected to make his gun policy recommendations to the president in the coming days.

Manchin was joined on “This Week” by Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor and Republican presidential contender. The two are new honorary co-chairs of “No Labels,” a national movement to promote bipartisanship and problem-solving.

“It’s not about ideology, it’s about extreme partisanship,” Huntsman said, of the current political climate in Washington. “You can’t do anything about problem solving unless you get a group of people together on Capitol Hill who are dedicated to putting country first and making decisions that are right for the future, as opposed to the next election.”

I asked him if he thinks members of his party will be receptive to this message.

“We have politics of right- and left-of-center, but we’ve forgotten the most important thing for the American people, and that’s the politics of problem solving,” Huntsman said.

“Joe [Manchin] and I were just talking about this. I mean, we’ve been shooting since we were 5 or 6 years old,” he added. “We come from cultures of guns, Utah and West Virginia.  And within five minutes, we put together some ideas that probably would represent a good compromise package between Republicans and Democrats.”

Manchin said he’s teaming up with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on a bill that would pull together a commission of experts to work on a “commonsense” solution to mass violence.

Host George Stephanopoulos asked him if universal background checks would be part of this conversation, too.

“All of these things need to be looked at. But if it’s all in one piece of legislation, and one piece of legislation only, then you get something that’s much broader,” Manchin said. ”If you just pinpoint, George, on one — and say it’s guns, whether it’s the magazines, or whatever — you’re going to have a harder time getting through the political process we have right today.”

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Wednesday
Dec192012

Sen. Joe Manchin Says He Can Bring NRA, Congress Together

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., a surprising voice has emerged: Sen. Joe Manchin, a proud pro-gun Democrat from West Virginia, who has stepped forward as a possible dealmaker on new gun control laws.

"Never in my life did I ever think we would have 20 children slaughtered," says Manchin.  "So it changed everything, it changed me, it changed all of us."

Manchin says it is difficult to get people even talking about the issues -- namely gun control and mental illness -- but says he has started, and he began with the biggest group.

"My friends at the NRA ... they're hurting as much as anybody right now," says Manchin.

"We need to have the NRA at the table, you cannot have meaningful changes unless you understand all sides of the issue," adds the senator, who says he believes he can bring the NRA and other sides of the party together.

Manchin says he will defend the Second Amendment and that he is a proud NRA member.  But adds that he also has a responsibility to speak up.

"We're talking about military assault rifles," says Manchin.  "This is a conversation worth having.  I don't know if we could have saved one child, if we could have, it'd have been worth it."

"If we can't keep our children safe and I'm afraid to have a dialogue because I'm afraid someone might vote against me, I don't have a right to be here," he adds.

 

 

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Monday
Dec172012

Pro-Gun Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin Suggests New Gun Laws

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., has been as pro-gun, pro-NRA as anybody in Congress.  During his 2010 re-election campaign, he famously demonstrated his opposition to the cap-and-trade bill by shooting the bill (literally) with a rifle.

Now, in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre, Manchin says it is time to re-think gun control.  As he said Monday on MSNBC's Morning Joe, “I don’t know anyone that needs 30 rounds in a clip to go hunting…”

On Twitter, Manchin endorsed a proposal by Sen. Joe Lieberman to create a national commission on gun violence.  But he said there must be action as an end result.

President Obama has not yet specifically advocated new legislation to curb gun violence.  But speaking before the grieving families of Sandy Brook Elementary School in Connecticut Sunday night, he asked if the nation can say it is doing enough to protect its children.

“If we’re honest with ourselves the answer is no,” he answered. “We’ve not been doing enough.  And we will have to change.”

Obama has not made gun legislation a priority of his administration, although he supports renewing the assault weapons ban, which was in effect from 1994 until 2004.

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Monday
Apr232012

David Axelrod: Sen. Manchin Out for His ‘Own Political Well-Being’

Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- One of the Obama campaign’s top men says Sen. Joe Manchin’s recent statements of indecision over whether to support the president in November was for his own political gain.

On CNN Sunday, David Axelrod suggested the West Virginia Democrat made the statements as a security measure while he seeks reelection this fall.

“We didn’t win the state the last time,” Axelrod said.  “It’s going to be a tough state for us again, and he’s making a political judgment about himself.”

In an interview published by the National Journal on Thursday, Manchin said he would “look at the options” for Election Day, adding the last three years had “made it pretty rough” for his state of West Virginia.  He has since backed away from that statement by leveling a more broad criticism against both Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

“I think he was very candid there,” Axelrod said.  “His concern is about his own political well-being.”

West Virginia has voted Republican in the last three presidential elections.  But Manchin, a moderate, enjoys a steady popularity in the Mountain State and is generally considered safe in his incumbency against conservative John Raese.

Axelrod said he hopes the lawmaker will consider national interests and ultimately support the president at the voting booth.

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Thursday
Apr072011

Democrat Manchin Doesn't Think Obama is Showing Leadership in Shutdown Standoff

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- With under 30 hours left before the government will shut down if both parties cannot agree on a budget deal, one Democratic senator is blaming President Obama for ineffective leadership.

“Is the President showing enough leadership?” ABC News’ Jonathan Karl asked West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin Thursday.

“Ah, it’s a different form of leadership,” Manchin replied.

“What do you mean?”

“You know I’m not going to criticize,” Manchin said, before adding, “It’s not what I’m used to and it’s not what I've seen to be effective from my vantage point.”

“Is it working?” Karl asked.

“It doesn’t seem to be working because I think the President’s the only one who looks at all 50 states,” Manchin replied. “There’s not going to be a delegate or congressperson or senator that’s going to see all 50 states the way one person sees it. I’m going to look at what’s good for West Virginia and what hurts West Virginia more if you do this or that and I’m going to defend it, as I’m responsible to do and as I’m expected to do. And everyone else the same.”

“There’s one person who can say wait a minute, this is what’s good for all America,” Manchin continued. “This is who we are as Americans. These are our values as Americans and this is where we draw the line. And the public will speak. They’ll have a chance to speak at the next election. But frankly I don’t care and I’m not worried about the next election.  If we don’t get our financial house in order...our next generation isn’t going to have a chance.”

Manchin Thursday said that if the government shuts down he will return his salary to the U.S. Treasury, calling on the president, the vice president, and other members of Congress to do the same.

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Thursday
Apr072011

Senator Pledges to Give Up Salary During Shutdown

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Democratic Senator Joe Manchin pledged Thursday to return his salary to the Treasury if the government shuts down this week -- and he wants his fellow members of Congress, the president, and the vice president to follow suit. 

“The bottom line is this: I can’t imagine that the president, vice president or any member of Congress -- Republican or Democrat --thinks they should get paid when the government has shut down,” Manchin wrote in a letter to colleagues Thursday. “Some in Washington will deride this as an empty gesture. To those naysayers, I say that the American people expect more of us. They expect us to lead by example and share their pain until a budget resolution is reached that reflects our values and priorities as a country.”

Republicans aren’t too impressed. The National Republican Senatorial Committee accused Manchin -- who is up for re-election next year -- of “pure political posturing.”

“This is nothing short of pure political posturing by multi-millionaire Joe Manchin to cover up for the fact that he and his fellow Washington Democrats have failed to do their jobs,” said NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh.

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Monday
Mar212011

Manchin Breaks with Democrats Again, This Time on Debt Ceiling

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Two weeks ago, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin broke with his party in the budget debate, voting against the Democrats’ spending proposal and arguing that President Obama “has failed to lead this debate.”

On Monday, he was at it again. In a speech at the University of Charleston, Sen. Manchin said he will vote against raising the debt ceiling -- as the administration has requested -- unless his vote is linked to a plan to fix the nation’s soaring deficits.

“We must get our fiscal house in order. We must be honest about what we value and what we need to spend your taxpayer dollars on – not what just sounds good,” Manchin said. “I have never put together a budget – be it my family's or as governor – that was based on how much we wanted to spend, but on what we had. That is why I will vote against raising the debt ceiling unless the vote is linked to a real budget plan that begins to fix our fiscal mess.”

The administration has urged Congress to raise the debt ceiling before the nation hits its red ink limit sometime between April 15 and May 31, warning that a dire situation would result if lawmakers fail to act.

Twenty-three GOP senators have vowed to vote against raising the debt ceiling unless the White House agrees to tackle entitlement programs in the ongoing budget talks.

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Monday
Jan102011

Post-Tucson Tragedy, Sen. Joe Manchin Discusses Use of Gun Imagery in Campaign Ad

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., one of a number of 2010 candidates who used gun imagery in their campaigns, explicitly separated himself on Monday from those who targeted specific candidates and expressed doubts that he would run the same ad again today.

“I've spent my whole career bringing people together, avoiding the rancor of partisan politics, and that will continue to be the focus of my work as U.S. Senator going forward,” Manchin said in a statement Monday.

“The act of a deranged madman who commits a horrific act should not and cannot be confused with a metaphor about a piece of legislation. I have never targeted an individual, and I never would," he added. "This tragedy, I hope, serves as call for common sense, and wake-up call that we should all come together with common purpose to do what is best for our country.”

In his campaign ad below, Manchin -- touting his National Rifle Association endorsement -- shoots a bullet at the "cap and trade bill," as a symbolic rejection of the energy legislation being discussed by Democrats.

Since the shooting spree in Tucson Saturday, Sarah Palin and candidates who used gun references have come under fire from some liberals for provoking violence.

A number of candidates, including Sharron Angle of Nevada, used such imagery although Manchin is the only one who was elected into office.

UPDATE: In a conference call with reporters Monday, the newly minted senator expressed doubts about releasing the ad if he were campaigning.

“I can’t say that we would. I really can’t," Manchin replied, when asked if given what has happened, he would release the same ad again today. "It is a much more sensitive thing that we are dealing with right now. With that I will say -- that was a metaphor. We were talking about a piece of legislation. You’re talking about an act of a crazed, deranged individual. I don’t think the two are related at all. But it would have made anybody more sensitive to that."

He pointed out that his new communications director, Emily Bittner, worked for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' campaign during her 2008 campaign.

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Saturday
Dec182010

Senator Misses Historic Votes for Holiday Party

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- There was one Democratic senator who missed Saturday’s crucial votes on Capitol Hill: West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, who was elected just last month. Manchin was at a holiday party when the Senate finally passed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal and took one last shot at the DREAM Act immigration bill.

“While he regrets missing the votes, it was a family obligation that he just could not break,” said Manchin spokesperson Sara Payne Scarbro. “However, he has been clear on where he stands on the issues.”

Manchin does not support the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell because of concerns about the “the timing and the impact of the repeal's implementation on our front line combat troops during a time of war.” He did not support the DREAM Act because he believed it should have required the completion of a degree.

In contrast, Manchin's colleague, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, elected to stay on the Hill to vote, even though he is set to have surgery for prostate cancer on Monday.

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