WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) says he does not agree with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on many issues.

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) attended a fundraiser NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg held for him on Monday night.

“We disagree on mostly everything,” said Sen. Manchin.

Bloomberg, though, does support Manchin’s proposed compromise amendment that would extend federal background check requirements for gun purchases to gun shows and online sales.

The National Rifle Association has targeted the Senator because of that proposal which Manchin is promising to bring up again on Capitol Hill.

On Monday night, Mayor Bloomberg hosted a $1,000 a plate fundraiser for Manchin in his upper East Side apartment in New York City.

Sen. Manchin defended the fundraiser on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

“He (Bloomberg) never became involved, never intended to become involved until he saw the attacks from the leadership of the NRA, until he saw the attacks from the gun manufacturers,” he said.

The money raised will be used to help answer those critics.

“If he and I disagree on nine out of ten things, but we agree on one and, knowing as you’ve seen, the attacks that I’ve had and the money being spent against me, it gives me the ability, and I’ve always said this, you have to be able your story by putting out the facts.  That gives me that chance on this one issue.”

Bloomberg uses his money and influence to support a number of issues beyond gun control.  He is an outspoken climate advocate and has put $50 million into the Sierra Club which has taken on the coal industry.

Manchin said he talked with Bloomberg about the Mayor’s opposition to coal.  “I did open that dialogue with him,” he said.  “I didn’t know him that well and I got a chance to meet him and talk with him that night.”

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Comments

  • Damion45

    He disagrees about almost everything except his money. What happens to people when they go to Washington? It doesn't take them long to become part of the problem.
    I know Joe is ambitious and has Big Plans. But he is taking a risk going with Obama's Progressives in the name of compromise, recognition and promotion. Sad really.

  • blugldmn

    we disagree on most everything except our lust for power and money.....oh...and control over peoples lives...

  • blugldmn

    What do you expect with a person whose background is organized crime........

  • derek

    It's a sad day for WV! Although I'm not surprised by JoBama's actions he's just another career politician and over paid actor who will do anything to keep the Liberals happy.

  • Ramblin'Man

    Whatever principles Manchin had, he just flushed them down the toilet along with any re-election hopes he may have had. Teaming up with Bloomberg is the last straw for Manchin. All for the mere fact to get more money. Joe, you turn your back on West Virginians and then hop into bed with this retard? C'mon man. What's next?? No more 24 oz. Coca Colas?

  • Mike

    I'm not fully understsnading what he is doing. He has to have an advisor saying Joe don't do this.. It's the people of WV that vote for you not the people from NY.. What a joke. Having dinner with Bloomberg alone would have been enough for me to yell turn coat. How does this guy think he is ever going to be re-elected in WV when he hangs with non coal and non gun idiots.

  • Mountaineer

    SELL OUT... I hope that athe people of WV see what they have in JOE and vote him out next election...

  • Vulcan

    Just need to enforce the laws already on the books, convict, and jail the individuals who do not obey these laws. Background checks are already required to purchase modern guns (manufactured after 1898) online from sites such as Gun Broker or Auction Arms. Dealers at Gun Shows must follow same laws required if that same gun was purchased at a Sporting Goods Store. The problem is the sale of a used gun between individuals (not licensed dealers) whether it be at a Gun Show or the family farm. Don't know what the answer would be for this.

  • AX MAN

    Joe disagrees on every thing but Bloomberg's money. West Virginia watch out, Bloomberg will be running for office in West Virginia and we have enough nuts to elect him.

  • Sammy

    He is a liar and a disgrace to the state of West Virginia. This is nothing new. He has been since the very first day he entered politics. He and WVU run this state. The sooner we get him out of office, the sooner the strangle hold that WVU has on this state will come to an end.

    • dave

      Yeah, WVU bringing insane money and national exposure to the northern part of the state and the state as a whole is such a terrible thing! Marshall douche! I will agree Manchin is a disgrace and has been ever since the people of WV brainfarted and made him governor after his family had raped the state for 50 years+...

  • bulldog95

    I'm sure all the flaming liberals will defend actions like this to their last breath, 50 million huh? Imagine Don Blankenship, need I say more?

    Lay with dogs and you are going to get flea's. Watch the poll numbers drop more and not understand why Joe?

  • JJ

    Just a sad excuse for an elected official from our state. Disgusting, two faced liar. I hope that we remember his treachery in a few years.

  • Wilson

    If any of you believe anything "Washington Joe" says, I've got some beachfront property in Roane County, I'd like to sell you. The only truth is that he went to get more $$ to spew his lies on TV. What do they say about people who will do anything for money?.....

  • PMQ

    Blo Joe, Blo Joe....you just can't get out of your own way. You are a disgrace, and a joke to the people of West Virginia. You sir, are a moron. Nice try. Thanks for all you have done for WV i.e.: Death of Coal, Gun Control, Michael Bloomberg fund raiser, Supporting the Obama Administration at every turn, Heather Bresch(nice MA degree from WVU), Bill Stewart(RIP), Mike Garrison, your wife BOE President, your relatives peppered through out State Government, I could go on.....

  • blugldmn

    Can you say piece of ****

    • Troy Sexton

      Can you say dumb, redneck, gun lovin', bible thumpers?

      • Ramblin'Man

        Can you say elitist, extremist, hate-mongering, socialist, racist, bigoted, leftist lunatic out on the fringe?

        By the way Troy, "redneck" is a racial slur. Rise above the hate. I know its hard for you LURPs (liberal ultra repressive progressives) to do, but rise above the hate.

        • Troy Sexton

          Yes. Now go read your bible. LMFAO....

          • Ramblin'Man

            I will. You can go back to your "Das Kapital" and "The Communist Manifesto" and have someone read it out loud to you.

          • rob w

            you know not everyone who loves their guns is a quote " dumb, redneck, gun lovin', bible thumpers" when you see people like sen manchin trying to attack our civil constitutional and human rights i kinda get up in arms to. i mean look around you troy where going down fast but we can still fix this before its to late lets stop attacking "hot button issues" and fix the real problems like corruption and the gross over reach of the government

        • Brian

          This is absolutely ridiculous, Ramblin'. Redneck absolutely is not in any way shape or form a racial slur. White crybabies kill me with this patently ludicrous and incessant crying about reverse racism. It blows my mind that people could be so selfish and so lacking in empathy as to complain about this imagined racism when they are among the 70% racial majority in this country. At the same time, the same people will reflexively discount all legitimate complaints of racism from the 13% minority which faces substantial racism which actually makes it much harder for them to succeed in America. That is why white people invented the term "race card." It is an attempt to summarily dismiss and discredit all complaints of racism from black follk.

          Back to this redneck business. "Redneck" is a term proudly embraced by most hicks. Hick, also, is not a racial slur, and has no racial component. The term "redneck" was coined in reference to union minors in southern WV who were fighting the abusive coal companies. Hicks, especially coal mining WV hicks, of all races should proudly embrace the term.

          • Brian

            Miners, haaaahahahaha. Minors, what a moron.

          • Molly

            The term 'redneck' comes from farmers working in their fields usually wearing a white t-shirt. Since they bend their heads down most of the time they're working, their necks get maximum exposure to the sun and get burned red. Hard working farmers have red necks and are proud to be called 'redneck.'

          • Brian

            Molly, the term "redneck" comes from the red bandanas the union miners wore around their necks as they marched to meet the coal companies' goons on the battlefield.

          • Charleston,WV

            Redneck, N. : is a derogatory slang term used in reference to poor, uneducated white farmers, especially from the southern United States (Harold Wentworth, and Stuart Berg Flexner, Dictionary of American Slang (1975) p. 424.
            Check the reference for yourself and as always, have a good day1

          • CaptainQ

            Maybe we should consult the undisputed 'King' of the Rednecks, Jeff Foxworthy, on this vitally important issue! LOL

          • Brian

            I saw the same thing when I looked it up Charleston. Redneck is really descriptive of a lifestyle choice, though. It can be, and is, used to describe people of any race who live said lifestyle. It is not in any way a racial slur. For example, Randy Moss is Kanawha Valley twang talkin, nascar racin redneck. Salwa from Buckwild is a redneck. Karl Malone is a redneck.

          • Ramblin'Man

            Its a term of endearment amongst whites, but it is a racially charged slur when used by blacks.