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Manchin Defends Clinton after RNC Criticism


During the first evening of keynote addresses at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Monday, several speakers called for Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to be imprisoned after a using a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. 

West Virginia’s only Democratic Congressional leader defended Clinton Tuesday.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said the rhetoric displayed at the Republican National Convention Monday night “has no place” in politics in the country.

“If you’re a Democrat and you want to blame Republicans, go right ahead. There’s enough blame for the Republicans and if you’re a Republican and you want to blame Democrats, go right ahead,” Manchin said during a stop in Charleston.

“If you’re an American and you want to fix things, then let’s sit down and work through them.”

Manchin will be attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week as a delegate and will cast his vote for Hillary Clinton-the candidate he’s been backing since early 2015.

When it comes to Clinton’s potential running mate, Manchin said U.S. Senator and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine is his top choice.

Kaine is reportedly on Clinton’s short list.