Manchin touts support for Trump border wall in new ad

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate leaders quash talk of rank-and-file COVID-19 deal OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' Senate Democrats demand White House fire controversial head of public lands agency MORE (D-W.Va.) on Thursday released an ad that touts his support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBarr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' Military leaders asked about using heat ray on protesters outside White House: report Powell warns failure to reach COVID-19 deal could 'scar and damage' economy MORE's plan to build a wall along the Mexico-U.S. border. 

Manchin, who is running for reelection in a state that Trump won by 42 percentage points, said he voted in favor of funding Trump's proposed wall, which the president said during his 2016 campaign would be paid for by Mexico. 

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“Hey, I wanted Mexico to pay for the wall," Manchin says in the ad. "But they’re not. So we need to do it ourselves.

“I voted to fund President Trump’s wall. Check the vote.” 

Manchin voted in favor of legislation in February that provided some funding for Trump's wall as part of a series of Senate votes on immigration. The bill failed to pass the Senate. 

Manchin is campaigning against West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, the GOP nominee.

He's sought to play up his willingness to back Trump and said earlier this month that he was open to supporting Trump's 2020 presidential run. 

“I’m open to supporting the person who I think is best for my country and my state,” Manchin told Politico. “If his policies are best, I’ll be right there.”  

Those messages of support haven't stopped Trump and other Republicans from targeting him as they try to protect their narrow 51-49 Senate majority.

"Joe Manchin will say or do anything to salvage his political career, but it won't work because he is haunted by his liberal, pro-Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBarr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' Virginia Democrat blasts Trump's 'appalling' remark about COVID-19 deaths in 'blue states' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden asks if public can trust vaccine from Trump ahead of Election Day | Oklahoma health officials raised red flags before Trump rally MORE record," said Morrisey spokesman Nathan Brand. "Whether it was running away from his full-throated support for Hillary Clinton or his opposition to building a wall, Joe Manchin is reminding voters why he is the worst of the phony Washington elite."

Trump said in May he planned on spending significant time campaigning against Manchin

Manchin says at the beginning of the ad that Morrisey, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Republicans signal openness to working with Biden Hillicon Valley: DOJ indicts Chinese, Malaysian hackers accused of targeting over 100 organizations | GOP senators raise concerns over Oracle-TikTok deal | QAnon awareness jumps in new poll The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden asks if public can trust vaccine from Trump ahead of Election Day | Oklahoma health officials raised red flags before Trump rally MORE (R-Ky.) and the establishment have begun attacking him, and that it is why "Washington sucks." He then caps the clip by saying, "I approve this ad, because Pat Morrisey is wrong." 

A RealClearPolitics polling average shows Manchin leading Morrisey by 5.5 points, but calls the state a "toss-up." 

Updated at 5:01 p.m.