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Why is Joe Manchin a Democrat?

Sen. Joe Manchin
Simon Edelman, U.S. Energy Department

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court. Manchin was the only Democrat in the Senate to cross party lines, and he did it in a very public way. Manchin’s vote didn’t surprise many Mountain State voters, but it left a lot of people in other states asking, “Why is he even a Democrat?”

That question came from listeners. In this week's episode of “Red State, Blue State,” Californians learn that Manchin is an "old-school West Virginia Democrat." 

"Red State, Blue State" is a collaboration between Us & Them and KCRW in Santa Monica, California. Each week until the midterm election, we’re presenting a new segment co-hosted by Trey Kay in West Virginia and Chery Glaser in Southern California.

Let us know what questions you have for someone with different political beliefs than yours. 

Host of Us & Them/Independent Producer, tkay@wvpublic.org, @Trey_Kay

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