Both Rockefeller and Manchin support legislation and government oversight to protect senior citizens from consumer scams and dishonest internet schemes.
Both will also fight for stricter regulations and oversight over prescription drugs, like hydrocodone, that are being so widely abused.
On a Thursday morning radio talk show, Manchin said he will back stricter rules for background checks on people who purchase guns.
Asked whether he would support requiring private dealers, who sell weapons at gun shows and other places, to make the same federally-required checks made by legitimate businesses, Manchin said he would.
"I think that's common sense. Why would a legitimate gun retail shop have to go through that," Manchin asked, "but ... someone at a gun show doesn't?"
During his teleconference, Manchin said he will support the White House nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to become Secretary of Defense.
"Hagel visited me yesterday evening," Manchin said. "I had not known him before that.... I feel comfortable that he has the same concerns I have -- protecting our greatest ally, Israel, and making sure Iran does not have a nuclear weapon."
Manchin will also support the Violence Against Women Act and a military child care bill to oversee contracts and hiring procedures in day-care centers serving children of those in military service, including those on overseas assignments.
Responding to a question, Manchin said he has not seen "Buckwild," the new weekly reality show, based in Sissonville and aired nationally by MTV.
Manchin, who criticized the new program before the first episode was aired, said, "Don't call it a reality show. Call it entertainment, as sick as it is. It is not my form of entertainment."
In a press release, Rockefeller said his other major legislative goals include:
Rockefeller said one of his major focuses will be to "take power away from [medical] insurance companies to put consumers first."
He also plans to defend Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security from any drastic budget cuts.
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