The war of words between Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Climate activists target Manchin Hoyer signals House vote on bill to 'remove' debt limit threat MORE (D-W.Va.) and Vice President Pence intensified Thursday, with Manchin saying Pence's attacks against him prove the Trump administration isn't actually interested in reaching across the aisle.
"My record speaks for itself. If they’re attacking people like me then they don't want bipartisanship. They are not committed or sincere about making government work," he said.
Manchin, viewed as one of the Senate's most moderate senators, noted that he's voted with the Trump administration 54 percent of the time and "there isn’t another person in Congress who votes as bipartisan as I do."
"For Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceBennie Thompson not ruling out subpoenaing Trump Heritage Foundation names new president Fewer than 4 in 10 say US is on right track: poll MORE to come in yesterday [and] start firing shots is not leadership. I’d simply urge Mr. Pence to show better leadership qualities," Manchin said on Thursday in a string of tweets.
Manchin's latest statement comes after Pence told Politico, in an interview that ran on Thursday morning, that he would campaign against Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyBiden to have audience with pope, attend G20 summit Biden taps former Indiana Sen. Donnelly as ambassador to Vatican Republicans may regret restricting reproductive rights MORE (D-Ind.).
"We’re going to spend a fair amount of time in the states that the president carried very strongly — Indiana being one of them, West Virginia here being another, places like Montana, elsewhere around the country we think represent a real opportunity for us,” he told the publication.