Based off his rather bold (for a freshman Democrat) floor speech Tuesday, Politico profiled Sen. Joe Manchin, NRA-W.Va., today, noting his across-the-aisle outreach -- even to Texas Sen. John Cornyn, whose job as head of the NRCC is to make sure Manchin doesn't get elected to a full term next year. And, representing a state that really doesn't like the current White House resident, Manchin wouldn't say whether he'll support the top of his party's ticket in 2012
Asked if he’d back Obama’s reelection bid, Manchin wouldn’t answer directly.
“Whoever the president is, I support. That’s my president. Democrat, Republican, George Bush, Obama, and every American should take that approach,” Manchin told POLITICO in the Capitol. “Now can you respectfully disagree? Absolutely.”
Asked again if he would vote for Obama, Manchin said: “I support this country, whoever the president is, that’s who I support.”
The full piece is worth a read, including Manchin's bipartisan lunch dates, aggressive travel schedule and friendly reaction from Republicans.