Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Toomey to introduce bill broadening background checks for firearms Scott Walker backs West Virginia attorney general in GOP Senate primary MORE (D-W.Va.) on Sunday tried to distance Democrats running for reelection in red states from President Obama.

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"These are people that are willing to reach across the aisle, work with Republicans, independents, whoever they may be, trying to find solutions for America," he said on "CBS's Face the Nation," nine days ahead of an election that could determine if Republicans take over the Senate.

"And I'm hoping the citizens and constituents and voters in those states look at that," he said, specifically naming Democratic Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mark Pryor (Ark.) Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), Mark Udall (Colo.) and Mark Warner (Va.), who are all fighting tough races.

"I don't think the president can help in those states there. These people have voted against the president on issues," he added.

Manchin dismissed the president's comments that those senators helped him pass his agenda.

"Well, that might be his evaluation," he said.

The senator also criticized the administration's policy of spending $500 million to train 5,000 Syrian rebels to go after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He voted against that measure before Congress recessed in September.

"I did not vote to go in there, and try to find 5,000 of the Syrian rebels who we could think that would be kind and considerate and compassionate towards our desires, pay $500 million and expect them to turn around and fight the ISIS, and then turn around and fight Assad and expect us to get drawn into a civil war," he said.

"I don't think after 13 years, if we've learned nothing, I've said in the great state of West Virginia we have a little common sense. And we understand the definition of insanity," he said.