"By marching in lockstep with his liberal party bosses in his very first day on the job, Joe Manchin proved beyond a doubt that West Virginians simply can't trust him to stand up for their best interests."
Manchin said during his time in the Senate he would continue to drive home the importance of coal to the nation's energy mix.
During a meeting on Capitol Hill, he said someone was talking about energy sources and left out coal.
"I said, 'Oh, wait a minute, you forgot coal,' " Manchin recalled.
He said he was anxious and excited but cautiously optimistic about his time in the Senate, which he said would be markedly different from serving as governor.
"We literally walk out of the Governor's Mansion and have a whole new life," he said.
In Charleston, he was able to make decisions - like calling the Legislature into session when he wanted. The pace is not the same in the Senate, which is known as the world's most deliberative body.
"I don't think they were kidding. I've been here for a day, and I don't think they are kidding at all," Manchin said. "But I can tell you there is some restlessness."
Contact writer Ry Rivard at ry.riv...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.