Tom Coburn Supports Democratic Sen. Manchin

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) told The Hill that he recently crossed party lines and made a $250 donation to the re-election campaign of Democratic colleague, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).  

“I think he votes thinking about the long-term interests of the country. We don’t agree on everything but he’s a good guy,” Coburn said.

A heavy favorite to win re-election over his Republican challenger, Manchin said earlier this year that he is unsure whether he will vote for President Barack Obama and that he will not attend the Democratic National Convention in early September.  


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