U.S. Senator Joe Manchin from Thursday's Talkline

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says “the fight’s not over” when it comes to his proposal to expand federal background check requirements to gun sales at shows and online.

The compromise amendment the Democrat crafted with Republican Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey did not get the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.

Sen. Manchin, a member of the National Rifle Association, talked about the 54-46 vote on Thursday’s MetroNews Talkline.  “If the NRA did not score and would not score, I predict we would have had 70 votes for this bill,” he said.

Four Democrats who are facing tough reelections next year in rural states voted against the Manchin-Toomey Amendment.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cast a “no” vote for procedural reasons, allowing the proposal to be taken up again.

Including Senator Toomey, three other Republicans voted for the proposal on Wednesday.  They were Maine Senator Susan Collins, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk and Arizona Senator John McCain.

Sen. Manchin says it was not a last minute plan.  “We didn’t just throw it together because we thought we had to have something on the floor.  We’ve been working it for the last three months or more.  We’ve had everyone’s input.”

The Manchin-Toomey Amendment to the gun control legislation was one of more than half a dozen proposed amendments the U.S. Senate rejected on Wednesday.

The proposal was introduced after 26 people, most of them kids, were shot to death in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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  • David Warnick

    The votes Manchin should be looking for are in West Virginia if he thinks he will run again.

  • Levelheaded

    "We’ve had everyone’s input." Wonder who "input" the $200 tax on every gun transaction. He'll be looking for lots of votes, the next he runs.

  • wvman75

    I hunt, I fish, I obey the law, and I despise Joe Manchin. What peeves me off is that I was stupid enough to believe the line he was feeding me to get where he got.

    I acknowledge mistakes and will never repeat them.

  • Tim C

    Since Joe's looking for votes up there, why don't we make them hard to find when he looks for them back here?

  • wvman75

    Traitors used to be hung. Nowadays, they just don't get reelected. Manchin should be happy for the times we live in.

  • Longbeards

    Joe,,,I suggest you move to New York,,,as you have lost your voting base in WV!

  • Old Miner

    Looking for votes ? he needs to start looking for a new job

  • Jim

    How about a recall vote?

  • Dave

    That's the other thing. "The gun lobby" supposedly stopped this "common sense legislation" that "90% of Americans" support. Really? And how did "the gun lobby" do this? "The gun lobby" has 5 million members and yet is so powerful it was the only reason this legislation that 90% of Americans (281,000,000 people) supposedly support. It couldn't be because people called, wrote and emailed their representatives, could it?

  • Dave

    I think I'm most annoyed that there are people sitting around getting paid to come up with catch phrases for potential legislation that they hope will be easy to remember and help the legislation pass. Like "common sense measures." Like "sensible gun control." It makes new legislation seem reasonable and helpful. And people that oppose it to be extreme or part of "the gun lobby" when really these people just want to hang on to the few rights we have.

    Look at the Bill of Rights. Those are our rights. We do not have the right to drive. People say this is just like registering your car at the DMV. It's not at all, there is no right to drive. In England, they can come in your home at any time and check your bolt action rifle or shotguns to make sure they are secured in a "government approved safe." They aren't allowed to have any other guns and the entry would be illegal here under the 4th amendment anyway. We have that one too undue search and seizure. But the point is, if I am being asked to give up one of my few rights, I want it to be for an extremely vital purpose and definitely not for something that won't effect crime rates at all.

  • Dave

    And this legislation has about as much "common sense" as painting all telephone poles blue to combat drunk driving. The legislation is not related to keeping anyone safe in either case.

  • Dave

    Joev do you live in WV?

  • joev

    Senator ...i am very proud of you for having the common sense, as most Americans , Keep standing against the idiots of the nra and the ones that eat up all the lies they put out....i will help in anyway i can to keep you in the senate..

  • Dave

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/manchin-shoots-cap-trade-tv-ad-11851029

    This is the video of the ad where Manchin promises to take on Obama, fight for gun rights, fight cap and trade and work for fiscal responsibility.