Manchin takes up arms to defend Obamacare as NRA launches ads against him (VIDEOS)
By Chris Eger
West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin is fighting for his seat in the Senate while pro-gun groups are backing his Republican opponent.
The former governor who has represented the state on Capitol Hill since 2010 is fighting West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to stay in Congress this November. With Morrisey, a Republican, campaigning strong in favor of gun rights and against the Affordable Care Act, Manchin this week borrowed a tactic he used in the past in his latest ad — a firearm.
In the 30-second spot, entitled Dead Wrong, Manchin uses an over-and-under trap gun to blast a copy of a legal challenge to Obamacare that Morrissey filed, saying the effort would “take away health care from people with pre-existing conditions.”
Manchin previously used a gun prop in a 2010 political ad where he tapped in a bolt-action hunting rifle to take shots at a proposed cap-and-trade bill then in the U.S. House, saying it was bad for West Virginia.
The co-author with Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of a measure to expand background checks to private gun transfers that was defeated in 2013, Manchin has since revisited the concept over the past several years only to lament the support isn’t there on