CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Another Republican U.S. senator said Thursday that Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was right when he voted against an amendment to cut off foreign aid to countries including Egypt, Pakistan and Libya.
Internet advertisements, paid for by a political action committee created by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., continue to attack Manchin over his vote on the amendment, which was sponsored by Paul.
The amendment failed by an 81-9 margin. Of the senators who voted against it, 30 were Republicans.
One of those Republican, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Thursday that voting against Paul's amendment was "in our national interest."
"There is no question that Joe Manchin was in the right place [on the vote]," Corker said in a telephone interview with the Gazette. "Joe was presiding over the Senate when most of the debate around this issue took place.
"The amendment itself was seriously flawed," Corker said. "The way it was crafted, you were really turning over foreign aid decisions to terrorists. If a terrorist happened to trespass into Israel, you would have to cut off foreign aid to Israel."
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also supported Manchin against the attack in the Paul ad earlier this month.
Manchin and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., were the Paul PAC's first two targets. Today, the PAC's website is asking viewers to donate money to "keep this ad on the air."