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New ad from Democrats' PAC praises Manchin — for working with Trump

 August 30, 2023

A group with Democratic Party affiliations unveiled a new ad to support moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) in his potential re-election bid by associating him with an unexpected ally: former President Donald Trump.

Manchin is eyeing a 2024 re-election, and although he hasn't officially revealed his political aspirations, it's widely anticipated that his campaign would be in for a formidable challenge, given West Virginia's strong conservative leanings, Fox News reported.

He potentially faces competition from the state's renowned Gov. Jim Justice and GOP House Rep. Alex Mooney (WA-02).

Manchin and Trump Collaboration: Highlighted in New Ad

The latest ad salvo from the Duty and Honor PAC, which has ties to the Democrats' Senate Majority PAC, is spotlighting Manchin's vocal efforts for the coal miner community.

A particular mention is made of his collaboration with Trump, which holds significant resonance within the state.

The 30-second ad narrative highlights, "When miners' pension checks were being chipped away, Joe Manchin protected our hard-earned benefits, and worked with President Trump to protect over 100,000 miners' pensions."

Moreover, the ad goes on to assert that during the political stalemates in the nation's capital, it was Manchin who emerged as a safeguard for the rights of his constituents, ensuring health care benefits remained intact and facilitating health insurance for 22,000 miners, encapsulating the spirit of West Virginia.

The six-figure advertising initiative will appear across various online platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Google, the Washington Examiner reported.

Manchin's Party Affiliation in Question

Despite the pro-Manchin ad push, the senator recently hinted at a potential departure from the Democratic Party in a radio dialogue with West Virginia Metro News.

Expressing his concerns, Manchin stated, "I have to have peace of mind, basically. The brand has become so bad, the 'D' brand and 'R' brand."

"In West Virginia, the 'D' brand because it's [the] national brand. It's not the Democrats in West Virginia, it's the Democrats in Washington," the Senator added.

To add to the speculation, Manchin has been noted as a potential candidate for a presidential run under the No Labels third-party umbrella.

This speculation intensified after he attended one of No Labels events in New Hampshire, where he didn't dismiss the possibility of aiming for the top office.

Currently, Manchin is the only Democrat who has clinched a statewide electoral win in West Virginia, a state that overwhelmingly supported Trump over Biden in the 2020 elections. As Trump prepares for a 2024 presidential campaign, the political dynamics will intensify.

Reactions to the Ad: Donald Trump Jr. Weighs In

While the ad may be perceived as a bridge-building attempt between Manchin and conservative voters, not everyone is convinced. Donald Trump Jr. took to social media to voice his skepticism regarding Manchin's genuine allegiance.

He stated, "Don't be fooled –- There's no bigger fraud in the US Senate than Joe Manchin."

"He pretends to be a Pro-Trump moderate whenever he has an election coming up in West Virginia, but when it actually matters, he always does exactly what Chuck Schumer and the Dems tell him to do in DC!!" Trump Jr. concluded.