Mitchell Reports | November 07, 2012
>>> west virginia senator joe manchin another democrat who held on last night but did anger some in his party along the way. senator manchin joins me now. congratulations on your re-election, senator, and i know it's --
>> thank you. appreciate it.
>> but you didn't say up until the last minute whom you were going to vote for. you are a democrat. can we ask, did you vote for barack obama ?
>> here's the thing that we've talked about, the election this has been so divisive and we're thinking about the future and bringing the country together and i'm committed to working with the president to rebuild this country and i will do the same if governor romney would have. it's time we start healing the country and pat toomey will be on with us and pat and i have worked across the line on bills, cosponsored it. we have to start healing and bringing this country together.
>> what were your concerns about the president? why were you reluctant to endorse him?
>> i didn't feel compelled. i had problems with the fiscal cliff that we face. i really feel we can do more and should do an awful lot more to try to bring some balance to that. we've got to be able to come together and i'm all in on the bowles-simpson approach template we've talked about and been working on. also the environmental and energy policy . i want a balance between the economy and environment and i've spoken loud and clear. use all the resources in our great country and the most environmental friendly way you can. the economy has to be part of the mix. that's using coal, natural gas , developing your solar and your wind and your renewables and fuels of the future. you can't disregard one that's a tremendous base load as coal is right now and i'm just saying, just meet us half way, come to try to understand what we're trying to do. our little state of west virginia has contributed tremendous amounts of this great country and the growth and the prosperity of this country. we want to be able to continue that in a balanced way.
>> the president won ohio. he won pennsylvania. he won other coal states. so why are your concerns, are they unique to west virginia ? because the other states voted to re-elect him.
>> it's -- you know, it's not just the coal. it's the whole energy. you have to have an energy policy . and i'm willing to work with him. i've tried to. i believe the epa has overreached. when the president was a u.s. senator we had great relationships talking about illinois and west virginia , the concerns we had and the things we agreed upon and the things we thought we can improve upon. i want to get back to that same type of relationship and start moving forward in a real positive way.
>> have you had any outreach to the white house ? do you think you can work with them?
>> i just heard from the vice president, he just called and i appreciate that very much. i can absolutely work with him.
>> what did joe biden say to you?
>> i've always been willing to work.
>> he called and congratulated and said we have to start working and coming together and rehealing this nation. i agree 1,000 president. he comes from a pennsylvania, my sister state next door to me, and be we have a lot in common so he's been a good friend and we've had a lot of conversations and i enjoy working with him.
>> he didn't happen to mention 2016 , did he?
>> not to me he didn't, no.
>> there was a hint of that the other day. thank you very much.
>> i would, i would like -- i'm just saying it's time to rebuild america, time to come together, and i'm totally committed. i will do everything i can to work across the aisle. i'm the most bipartisan centrist senator in the senate right now and i'm going to continue to work with my colleagues on both sides.
>> thank you very much joe manchin , good to see you,