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Manchin Backs Clinton for 2016


U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is throwing his support behind Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for 2016. Clinton declared her candidacy earlier this month. 

On a conference call with reporters Monday, Manchin called Clinton "“warm, compassionate, engaging and tough" and ready for the job.

“Hillary has all the experience level. She’s ready to go. She’s been battle tested," he said.

So far, Clinton is the only Democrat to declare her candidacy. Republicans Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul have also thrown their hats into the ring. 

In 2008, Manchin backed President Barrack Obama in the Democratic race. 

Manchin was talked about as a possible Vice Presidential candidate for Clinton in the past. This time, the senator says he believes his candidacy is “the furthest thing from their mind right now.”

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