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The Video Behind Mike Pence’s Epic Takedown of Joe Manchin

“I’m not voting for the wall,” he told a town hall audience in April 2017.

By NTK Staff | 02.01.2018 @11:00am
The Video Behind Mike Pence’s Epic Takedown of Joe Manchin

Vice President Mike Pence ripped into Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Wednesday during a trip to the Mountain State.

Pence ticked through a list of top GOP priorities that Manchin voted against in the past year: tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare, and defunding Planned Parenthood.

“Now that might make Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi pretty happy,” Pence told the audience, “but West Virginia needs to let him know, you expect better from Joe.”

Perhaps the most pressing issue Pence brought up is one that hasn’t received a vote yet: funding for border security.

“When it comes to that wall that we’re gonna build on that southern border, Joe said, ‘Well, I’m not voting for the wall either,’” Pence said.

The vice president was quoting from footage captured at a Parkersburg, West Virginia town hall meeting in April 2017. A woman from off camera can be heard asking Manchin about the border wall, but before she could finish her question, Manchin interrupted, “I’m not voting for the wall, either.”

Manchin responded to Pence’s criticism Wednesday evening on Twitter, saying the VP’s comments “are exactly why Washington sucks,” a reference to criticisms he made last week about being a senator.

Manchin, a lifelong Democrat and former governor of the state, is up for re-election in November and is widely considered to be one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats in the country. More than any other state in the union, West Virginia approves of the job President Donald Trump and his administration are doing.

See below for a transcript of Pence’s remarks in White Sulphur Springs:

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: “You know, I was here just a few months ago. I spoke at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Senator Manchin was there. I looked him in the eye, and I told him, ‘Joe, the people of the Mountain State are counting on you.’ And I said, ‘Let’s get this tax cut done together.’ But Joe voted no.

“Joe voted no to give working families more of your hard-earned money. Joe voted no on tax cuts for job creators. And on expanding the child tax credit, giving you your first $24,000 in income tax free, real breaks for families in West Virginia, Joe voted no.

“But it’s not just the tax cut. Senator Joe Manchin has voted no time and again on the policies that West Virginia needs. When the time came to repeal and replace the disaster of Obamacare, Joe voted no. When we empowered West Virginia to defund Planned Parenthood, Joe voted no. And when it comes to that wall that we’re gonna build on that southern border, Joe said, ‘Well, I’m not voting for the wall either.’

“Folks, Joe’s just gonna keep voting against West Virginia. Now that might make Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi pretty happy, but West Virginia needs to let him know, you expect better from Joe.”

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