A Republican U.S. senator crossed the aisle to defend Sen. Joe Manchin from a GOP colleague's attack Tuesday.
In a joint conference call with reporters, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., defended Manchin from allegations made in an attack ad campaign coordinated by Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul.
Paul has a political action committee that is targeting Manchin in a one-minute TV ad.
The Reinventing A New Direction PAC blasts the West Virginia Democrat for voting against Paul's proposal to cut off aid to countries like Egypt, Libya and Pakistan.
"While millions of jobless men and women seek work, while our debt climbs higher and our roads and bridges crumble here at home, Joe Manchin works with Barack Obama to send billions of our taxpayer dollars to countries where radicals storm our embassies, burn our flag, and kill our diplomats," the ad's narrator said.
"It's time to bring our taxpayer dollars home. It's time to send Joe Manchin home too."
But Graham, who joined 29 other Republicans and 51 Democrats to vote against Paul's amendment in the Senate last month, told reporters Manchin cast the right vote.
"Joe Manchin took the vote seriously," Graham said. "He knew what would be the easy political vote, but when you look at the amendment, I think he knew what was the right vote to take."
Graham said Paul's amendment was the wrong approach.
He said cutting off aid to Egypt would have unintentionally ended a provision in that country's peace treaty with Israel which requires the U.S. give equal amounts of aid to both countries.