Manchin compromise a 'takeover of the election system,' GOP senator says

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Optimism grows that infrastructure deal will get to Biden's desk Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet MORE (R-Ohio) on Sunday called Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Manchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' Schumer: Democrats 'on track' to pass bipartisan deal, .5T budget MORE's (D-W.Va.) voting reform compromise proposal a "federal takeover of the election system."

Host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddChuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 NFL Network's Rich Eisen says he has COVID-19 despite being vaccinated MORE on NBC's "Meet the Press" asked Portman what he thought of a five-point memo from Manchin that calls for making Election Day a national holiday, banning partisan gerrymandering and allowing for at least 15 days of early voting.

"Unfortunately, what he does is what the larger bill S. 1. does, which is it takes the election system in this country and federalize it, so it's a federal takeover of our election system," Portman said.

Todd questioned this characterization from Portman, pointing out that the federal government often tells states how to spend certain funds, such as money set aside for transportation.

"Well, that's true, and there's federal money provided for that. In this case, what he's saying to the state of Ohio or your state of Florida [is] 'We're gonna decide how redistricting is done. We're gonna take it away from the democracy, in effect,'" Portman said of Manchin's proposal.

"The bottom line is we should make it easy to vote in this country. We should also make it hard to cheat. I'm proud of our Ohio election system, and I think they do a very good job," Portman added. "Again, I appreciate he's trying to find that middle ground, and, who knows, maybe something can be done."

Manchin has previously said that he would vote against the For the People Act, also known as S. 1, because it is overly broad and doesn’t have any Republican support.