President Barack Obama should end the broad surveillance of telephone calls and Internet usage, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said today.
“It bothers me, and I think it bothers you and every other American,” Manchin, of West Virginia, said in an interview on “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend on Bloomberg Television. “It should be stopped as far as the broad base that they’re doing. If there’s a profile and targeting that goes on, then fine.”
Manchin, 65, also indicated that Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been criticized for targeting news organizations, among other issues, should consider resigning.
“Whenever you feel that you have lost your effectiveness or may be losing your effectiveness to the detriment of the job that you do,” he said about Holder, “you have to evaluate that and make a decision. And I think we’re at the time now where decisions have to be made.”
Manchin of course, being a red state Dem, never misses a chance to attack Barack Obama in a state like West Virginia. It doesn't matter of course that the program was going on since 2007, and Manchin, like the rest of Congress, was briefed about what was going on. He's got NOBAMA points to score, especially after the failure of his gun bill.
So no surprise that the first Dem to officially turn on the President is the one from the state where Romney won by 37 points.