Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocrats near pressure point on nixing filibuster  All eyes on Manchin after COVID-19 aid passes Senate Justice: 'I'm not going to get in a food fight with Joe Manchin' on use of CARES Act funds MORE (D-W.Va.) admitted President Obama's remarks that "every single one" of his policies was on the ballot this fall complicated red-state Democratic senators' reelection efforts.


"He makes it more challenging, let's put it that way," Manchin said when asked about Obama's comments on MSNBC Saturday morning.

Republicans have pounced on the president's remarks  — Sens. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsLobbying world Pat Roberts joins lobbying firm weeks after Senate retirement Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes MORE (R-Kan.), Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats near pressure point on nixing filibuster  We need a voting rights workaround Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package MORE (R-Ky.) and former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) have all used them in recent attack ads.

Manchin has been working to help reelect fellow red-state senators, recently stumping with Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuCassidy wins reelection in Louisiana Bottom line A decade of making a difference: Senate Caucus on Foster Youth MORE (D-La.). He praised her and fellow red-state Sens. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichAlaska Senate race sees cash surge in final stretch Alaska group backing independent candidate appears linked to Democrats Sullivan wins Alaska Senate GOP primary MORE (D-Alaska), Mark PryorMark Lunsford PryorEverybody wants Joe Manchin Cotton glides to reelection in Arkansas Live updates: Democrats fight to take control of the Senate MORE (D-Ark.) and Kay HaganKay Ruthven Hagan10 under-the-radar races to watch in November The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate MORE (D-N.C.) as "four good Americans" who are "right in the moderate middle." 

He then put distance before their and his views and "what the Washington crowd believes," knocking President Obama for "moving further to the left than my state ever will." 

Manchin has long been critical of Obama — he famously shot the Cap & Trade bill with a rifle in a 2010 campaign ad — which has helped him maintain popularity in an increasingly Republican state.

However, it looks like some red-state Democrats may not be able to get enough distance from the president, as Republicans' hopes for a Senate takeover have brightened.

 This post was updated at 2:10 p.m.