Manchin touts support for Trump border wall in new ad

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenators scramble to save infrastructure deal GOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan MORE (D-W.Va.) on Thursday released an ad that touts his support for President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race 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 ClintonA path to climate, economic and environmental justice is finally on the horizon Polling misfired in 2020 — and that's a lesson for journalists and pundits Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe 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 McConnellTrump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios House rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panel Senators scramble to save infrastructure deal 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.