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NAME: Joe Manchin
CANDIDATE FOR: United States Senate
PERSONAL STATEMENT: I’m running to bring more jobs and opportunity to West Virginia. I’m running again because we must protect seniors’ access to Medicare and Social Security, fight the epidemic of drug addiction, secure the pensions of our coal miners, promote jobs and skills training centers, invest in infrastructure, keep the commitments we’ve made to our Veterans, seniors and children, and grow new industries. I’ll never stop fighting for the people of the Mountain State.
EDUCATION: West Virginia University, Business Administration 1970.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: U.S. Senator
QUESTION: What modifications to safety net/benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare would you support?
“I have never and will never vote to cut Social Security or Medicare. I will always protect Social Security and Medicare for West Virginia’s seniors. My opponent, Patrick Morrisey, believes that we need to privatize Social Security and cut Medicare. I think that we need to lower the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate with the pharmaceutical.”
OTHER CANDIDATES: Manchin is challenged by Republican Patrick Morrisey and Libertarian Rusty Hollen in the general election.