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Joe Manchin: My party must get away from Washington Democrats' 'overreaching philosophy'

Mar 21, 2017 - Washington Post Blogs

"For me to be a Republican, I would have to put the bottom line before I would a human being."

By now, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is used to the question: Why is he still a Democrat? He's the most conservative Democrat on Capitol Hill. His state gave President Trump a 42-percentage-point victory over Hillary Clinton last November. He talked to Trump about being energy secretary. And Manchin even went so far as to say last January, "I've had more personal time with Trump in two months than ...