At GOP Retreat, Pence Urges Republicans to Focus on Accomplishments

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Pence touted the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, confirmation of a record number of conservative lower-court judges in the Trump administration's first year, regulation rollbacks and a $1 trillion tax cut package.

The administration "wanted to kill healthcare access for 200,000 West Virginians and bankrupt our West Virginia hospitals", he added, referring to what Democrats fear will happen now that the individual mandate has been repealed. "Again, they chose to be partisan".

The retreat is an opportunity to lay out priorities for Congressional Republicans.

Pence indicated that as he travels across the USA this year he is planning to target vulnerable Democrats in states and districts that voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Nunes gave Trump "secretly altered" version of memo Davis: "Deep state" existed in '16 - but it elected Trump Former Trump legal spokesman to testify to Mueller about undisclosed call: report MORE in 2016.

But Republicans want to maintain a majority in the Senate in the midterm elections.

Expect Republicans to turn this moment into a campaign ad that will be played ad nauseum in West Virginia.

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According to Pence, this was a key difference between the Republican-controlled Congress and its Democratic predecessors.

Using the hash tag #JoeVotedNo, Pence tweeted, "in WV a few months ago & I spoke to the WV Chamber of Commerce".

"And I said, let's get this tax cut done together". "Joe voted no to giving working families more of your hard-earned money". "Vote no Joe", as the vice-president phrased it, was also the subject of a couple of Tweets following the speech. "Folks, Joe's just going to keep voting against West Virginia", Pence said. "Now that might make [Senate and House Minority Leaders Charles E. Schumer] and Nancy Pelosi pretty happy".

"I just wanted to say that first off, I'm a disabled veteran and I am a Democrat and have always been a Democrat", Danny said.

But Manchin did not let Pence's criticism slide.

Manchin responded in a statement: "The vice president's comments are exactly why Washington Sucks".

"I expect we're going to spend a fair amount of time in the states that the president carried very strongly - in being one of them, West Virginia here being another, places like Montana, elsewhere around the country, we think represent a real opportunity for us", he continued.