The Trump candidacy and WV's senators
Joe Manchin, having watched the WV election results to see which way the wind blows, says that he could work with a President Trump
Politico recently did an article on how moderate Democrats, like WV's Joe Manchin, might deal with a President Trump:
Manchin, who represents a state in which Obama is very unpopular and that is poised to be a landslide for Trump, said his constituents are eager for someone that understands what’s become of manufacturing cities and coal country.
“My people are really hurting,” Manchin said. “They don’t believe this administration or Barack Obama really cares about them.”
And while Manchin is one of Clinton’s most vocal backers, she was just throttled by Sen. Bernie Sanders in the West Virginia primary. Manchin said he’s ready to deal with Trump should things go the other way — and he thinks Trump is ready to as well.
“What you see in the campaign and if he would be elected at that level, what you’re going to see is a little different,” Manchin said. “He didn’t get to where he got to by making a lot of bad deals.”
Ah, Joe -- Donald Trump has made a lot of bad deals. West Virginia's voters just don't want to hear about them.
The University of Virginia's Center for Politics sees Senator Capito as a possible Trump Vice Presidential choice
The Center's Sabato's Crystal Ball tells us:
A better choice might be Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), a political veteran of the House and now Senate who is widely respected, well vetted, and unlikely to commit gaffes. Capito would double down on Trump’s appeal to voters in Greater Appalachia — not really a priority for Trump — but she could also possibly assist in nearby Ohio and Pennsylvania, where he needs a breakthrough.
However, some Republicans would view Capito as too moderate on social issues, particularly abortion rights, which might complicate efforts to corral Republicans who supported Ted Cruz and others in the primary.
"Unlikely to commit gaffes?" Really? I guess Sabato and his researchers missed what was widely documented by national and other non-Ogden media after her statewide debate with Natalie Tennant two years ago:
"Is the climate changing? Yes, it’s changing, it changes all the time, we heard it raining out there," Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) told reporters." I’m sure humans are contributing to it."
Coincidentally, Capito decided not to participate in a second debate scheduled for a few days later.
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