Politico: 'I was an easy pickup': How Trump lost Manchin on taxes

WASHINGTON (BY: EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE, POLITICO) – During the transition last year and several times since, Donald Trump repeatedly pushed Joe Manchin to switch parties and become a Republican, the West Virginia senator revealed in an interview for POLITICO’s Off Message podcast.

He said no—“I said, ‘You need more Democrats like me, you don’t need Republicans,’” Manchin explained.

So Trump asked Manchin to support repealing Obamacare, and then the Republican tax bill.

He said no to those, too.

Manchin should be the most endangered politician in America, followed closely by the nine other Senate Democrats running in states Trump carried last year, many by wide margins. And they all should have been poachable votes for the White House, if the president’s outreach to red-state Democrats had worked, and if the agenda Republicans have chased in search of something to call a win hasn’t consistently proved so unpopular with voters—the tax bill has a 26 percent approval rating, according to a Monmouth University poll out Monday, with 50 percent of people saying they believed it would raise their taxes.

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