Democrats Manchin

December 24, 2013 - 11:05 AM
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2013 file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Many locals around here see Manchin as one of them, so much so they greet the 30-year veteran of West Virginia politics by his first name more often than by his title. But in the Senate, the 66-year-old upstart stands out as a rare breed: A back-slapping, gun-owning Democrat who attracts widespread support from working class whites in an increasingly Republican state. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)