Coburn donates to Manchin, says fellow senator not beholden to special interests

Sen. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnJohn McCain was a taxpayer hero The White House can — and should — bypass Congress to kill Obama-era spending Trump cannot be 'King of Debt' when it comes to government MORE (R-Okla.) says he supports Democratic Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh McCaskill to oppose Kavanaugh nomination The Memo: Kavanaugh firestorm consumes political world MORE’s re-election because he believes Manchin is not beholden to short-sighted political interests.

Coburn recently gave $250 to Manchin’s re-election campaign.

“I think he votes thinking about the long-term interests of the country. We don’t agree on everything but he’s a good guy,” Coburn told The Hill.

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A new fundraising report filed with the Federal Election Commission showed that Coburn donated to Manchin, who faces re-election in November, in late June.

Manchin, who was elected with 53 percent of the vote, is expected to soundly defeat Republican challenger John Raese.  

Coburn’s support is an indication that Manchin could sign on to a comprehensive deficit-reduction package at the end of this year or in 2013

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Manchin has said he wants to pass a major deficit-slashing bill at the end of the year, avoiding questions about whether he would vote to extend all of the Bush tax cuts or only those for families earning below $250,000.

“I’m totally for the Bowles-Simpson [plan] and will continue to work for Bowles-Simpson,” he told The Hill last month. “We need to revamp the system and I think Bowles-Simpson is the pragmatic way to do it.”

Manchin indicated to reporters this past week, however, that he may be warming up to the idea of voting for a Senate Democratic plan to extend the Bush tax cuts only for households earning below $250,000.

“I’m looking at all the options,” he said. “You’ve got two options: kick the can down the road further than it’s been kicked — I don’t think that’s a good option — the other one is to try to fix part of it.

“I’m getting more inclined,” he said.

Groups that have lobbied Democratic senators on the Bush tax rates say Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) are the two members of the Democratic caucus likely to oppose the latest Democratic proposal on income tax rates. A lobbyist for one interest group said he is hopeful the rest of the Democratic caucus will support President Obama’s plan.

Manchin said last week he still supports using the Bowles-Simpson blueprint as a template for deficit cutting.

Manchin has declined to say whether he will vote for Obama in the general election.