Manchin Marks Six Months in Senate

By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer
By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer

West Virginia freshman U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin believes ending tax cuts and reducing military spending can help ease the federal deficit.

The Democrat also took aim at high fuel prices during a Wednesday conference call marking his first six months in office.

Manchin said he's tried to bring his retail government approach to public office with him to Capitol Hill. He says he relied on that during his preceding term and a half as West Virginia's governor. He says that approach treats citizens as preferred customers deserving of quality service.

Manchin says he's sometimes been respectfully challenging of President Barack Obama. But Manchin also praised Obama for the Osama bin Laden mission.

Manchin also endorsed fellow Democrat and acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in this year's special election for governor.

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