MANCHIN CNN INTERVIEW U.S. Senator Joe Manchin Co-Chairs New Congress Bipartisanship Group
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Reported: Jan. 13, 2013 5:18 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 13, 2013 5:24 PM EST
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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is helping to lead a group, with the goal of creating bipartisanship in Congress.
Manchin is an honorary chairman of a new citizens' movement called "No Labels." It is made up of Democrats, Republicans and others.
Former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is also an honorary chairman of the group. He and Manchin appeared on State of the Union on CNN to discuss the need to work together to solve the nation's issues.
"As a senator, and since I have been there in two years, there has not been a bipartisan caucus to sit down the talk with the Republican colleagues on the other side," says Senator Manchin. "Unless we do it behind what you see on the day-to-day basis. Even think about taking it further we don't even know our colleagues in congress, the 435. So, this gives us a chance, and no labels gives us a venue to sit down to have a meaningful conversation."
So far, 25 democratic and republican lawmakers have agreed to sign on to be problem solvers. The goal is to have 75 members.