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

  • Levelheaded

    Some of you are wrong. He will never be re-elected.

  • cutty77

    I know this for a fact The Coal Men are Very Upset about this move by Joe.

  • Metzger

    " SAY NO TO JOE "

  • 2XLPatriot

    But, but, his uncle did a lot of good for WV and his Dad and, and, coal mining in his family and, and his name and, and......What a friggin' joke. Joe is for Joe and money is money no matter who or where it comes from. West virginia will never wake up as long as the unions rally behind these politicians at the encouragement of union leaders. Wake up union members! Who do you honestly think your leadership is fighting for? It sure ain't you and your family! Vote for Obama. Now he wants to bury coal and put you on welfare. Vote for Rahal. Now he is kissing the feet of Obama. Vote for Joe. His family was coal miners. Now he wants your gun rights and is not standing up for coal. 80+ years of democrat rule in WV and you wonder why the only industry we can get is coal and fast food? I am not anti-coal. My family were coal miners and I have nothing but respect for people who do that work but, union leaders are lining their pockets with your families blood and futures!

  • Bill Hill

    Damion45 hit the nail on the head. Joe has big plans and he doesn't care who he steps on to succeed.

    Joe Manchin is one more reason West Virginia needs "Referendum and Recall". We presently don't have a method to remove politicians who fail to represent the interests of the people of West Virginia or their Oath of Office. Our only remedy is to wait until they come up for election, by then the damage is done, just as it is happening in this case.

  • Fubar

    Bloomberg openly brags about using his wealth and other assets to affect public policy and elections across the country. I'm not surprised to see another Democratic Senator turn their back on WV. Oh we'll - You get what you vote for.

  • joey

    hey joe us bibble-thumpin rednecks would quote Icor. 15:33. do not be led astray bad companionships corrupt good habits.

  • joey

    well joe you did exactly what i thought you would do when elected to the senate. anything to get you noticed, anything to get you to fit in, anything to get you befriended by the libes, & anything to get your name in the paper. the heck with what the people of wv want. how about a little more press against EPA & OBAMA CARE, not gun control.

  • L Gill

    WV needs to send a message to Washington by voting out all of the anti gun and anti coal people we can. Ol Joe needs to get on the unemployment list.

  • Levelheaded

    So, now we know Joe is an anti-gun liberal. As the saying goes "Mountaineers are always free", but not with liberals.

  • donj

    What a turncoat! Manchin can't raise money in WV so he goes to NYC. I smell a Rockefeller in the bushes.

  • Matt

    Carpetbagger and Joe - darn phone.

  • Matt

    Joe must go...this guy is a walking excuse. he tries to dodge major issues and have things both ways. We r finally getting rid of that carpet bigger Rocky, now let's send Rocky home to Marion County. He does not represent the best interests of WV.

  • Jeremy

    He said 75% of WV wants his gun laws passed. According to my peers, it is more like 2%. Who is he trying to kid? Something tells me that he is making promises in Washington that will not fly here.

  • Larry

    Manchin was pure lifetime politician in this interview, admit to nothing and try and spin the situation to make himself look good. Huge mistake for this state to have elected him.