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Dem senator: Pence all 'talk, no action'

Dem senator: Pence all 'talk, no action'
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Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDems target small cluster of states in battle for House Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials move to require drug prices in TV ads | 4,000 more people lose Medicaid in Arkansas | New top official for Medicaid Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE rebuked Vice President Pence on Friday after the vice president knocked the Pennsylvania Democrat for voting against the GOP tax plan during an appearance in Pittsburgh.

"Pittsburghers have seen this song and dance before from the president and now the vice president — lots of talk, no action," Casey said in a statement responding to Pence.

"When it comes to fighting for middle class families in Western Pennsylvania, I would put my record of securing health care for 2,000 retired coal miners and securing funding to repair the region’s waterways, which support 200,000 jobs, up against the vice president’s tax giveaways to the super-rich and big corporations any day.”

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Speaking at an event earlier in the day for Pennsylvania state Rep. Rick Saccone (R) ahead of a March special House election, Pence attacked Casey for voting against the GOP's tax bill that passed in December on a party-line vote.

Pence took several swipes at Casey during his appearance in Pittsburgh on Friday, according to the Tribune-Review.

“Bob Casey even voted against giving the Keystone State the power to defund Planned Parenthood,” Pence said at the Heinz History Center. "I think the people of Pennsylvania deserve better."

The back-and-forth between Pence and Casey comes just days after the vice president got into a similar feud with West Virginia Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Democrats slide in battle for Senate Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada MORE (D), who also voted against the GOP tax plan despite efforts to secure his support.

"I was in WV a few months ago & I spoke to the WV Chamber of Commerce. @Sen_JoeManchin was there — & I looked him in the eye and I told him, 'Joe, the people of the Mountain State are counting on you,' so let’s 'get this tax cut done together.' But #JoeVotedNo," Pence tweeted Wednesday.

Manchin retorted later that Pence had pushed legislation "in a divisive and partisan way" and now continued "his partisan attacks" even after President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' MORE "called for unity and bipartisanship" in Tuesday night's State of the Union address.

"I was shocked that after the Vice President worked for almost a year in a divisive and partisan way to take health care away from almost 200,000 West Virginians, bankrupt our hospitals, and push tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and huge corporations that he would come to West Virginia and continue his partisan attacks," Manchin tweeted.

The GOP tax bill passed the House and Senate late last year and was signed into law in December.