NRSC hits Manchin over healthcare vote

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is out with a new Web ad linking Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to President Obama one day after the centrist Democrat voted against repealing the healthcare reform law.

Manchin, who won his seat in a special election last year and is facing a tough 2012 reelection battle, has been critical of some of the reform law's key provisions in the past, but he voted Wednesday night to keep the law intact.

“I don’t think that throwing out the good parts of this bill, like helping seniors afford prescription drugs or ending discrimination against people with preexisting conditions, makes good common sense,” Manchin said in a statement after the vote. “That’s why I have repeatedly said that we should make every effort to work together on repairing this bill before we start talking about repealing it.”

The NRSC ad, released Thursday morning, compares Manchin and Obama to other duos, like Sonny and Cher, Siegfried and Roy, and bacon and eggs. They are “doing everything together,” the ad claims.

Manchin has repeatedly said in the past that he prefers fixing the reform law as opposed to throwing it out entirely. In particular, Manchin is looking for fixes to the law’s requirement for individuals to purchase insurance, as well as expanded Medicaid requirements for states.