Manchin touts 'productive' meeting with Pence
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The West Virginian, who faces a tough reelection fight in 2018, touted the sit-down on social media, saying he and Pence had a "very productive meeting." 
His office isn't releasing a formal statement on the discussion. 
 
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Manchin's meeting with Pence comes after he skipped a closed-door session with Obama earlier on Wednesday, arguing he wouldn't attend a meeting about ObamaCare with only Democrats. 
 
"If anyone listened and paid attention to what the American people said when they voted, they want this place to work," he told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday morning. "We have the incoming vice president coming up to talk only to Republicans. ...That's not what makes this place work and that's really what's wrong with the place. I just think it's absolutely wrong." 
 
Manchin, one of 10 Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2018 in states carried by President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE, is increasingly pitching himself as a bridge between the incoming administration and his caucus. 
 
He previously met with Trump amid speculation that he was under consideration for a Cabinet post and blasted heated rhetoric against the president-elect from retired Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSanders hires veteran progressive operative to manage 2020 bid Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Klobuchar: 'I don't remember' conversation with Reid over alleged staff mistreatment MORE (D-Nev.). 
 
In a preview of what's to come heading into 2018, the National Republican Senatorial Committee blasted Manchin on Wednesday saying he is "still on the ObamaCare bandwagon." 
 
“West Virginians have emphatically rejected the failed policies of the Obama era, yet Joe Manchin is still defending Obamacare, which is sending health care costs through the roof for Mountain State families,” said Bob Salera, a spokesman for the group. 
 
Manchin said on Wednesday that ObamaCare needs to be fixed, but also that anyone who took Republicans at their word that they would be able to find a replacement is living in "fantasyland." 
 
"I'm willing to look at replacing, repairing, doing anything that we can to make it better, but put something on the table," he told MSNBC. "I just can't believe the Republicans will go down this path and just throw it out and say trust us, in two or three years we'll fix it."