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Manchin touts support for Trump border wall in new ad

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinMajor unions back Fudge for Agriculture secretary Voters split on eliminating the filibuster: poll OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight MORE (D-W.Va.) on Thursday released an ad that touts his support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge 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 ClintonGroups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Biden's political position is tougher than Trump's Valadao unseats Cox in election rematch 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 McConnellMcConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge Biden and reproductive health rights Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls 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.