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Senator Joe Manchin answers community's questions in South Charleston town hall

The La Belle Theatre in South Charleston was packed Thursday night as hundreds came out to hear Senator Joe Manchin answer their questions about some of the biggest issues facing our state and nation. (WCHS/WVAH)

The La Belle Theatre in South Charleston was packed Thursday night as hundreds came out to hear Senator Joe Manchin answer their questions about some of the biggest issues facing our state and nation.

While lawmakers across the nation have encountered angry and fiery crowds, the participants tonight were restrained but clearly concerned.

Bailey Hendricks is a recovering addict, who brought her question to the town hall to ask Manchin what he is doing to try to keep ObamaCare.

"I just wanted to give addiction a face, and I wanted them to see that there are people who are turning into productive tax paying citizens,” Hendricks said.

Senator Manchin responded, saying people like Hendricks, who are trying to better themselves are the people who will be hurt if ObamaCare is repealed and not replaced.

"What we're doing is asking all of our Republican colleagues and friends, please don't repeal it. Sit down with us and see if we can repair the parts of the bill that we know need to be repaired,” Manchin said.

Hendricks says she was satisfied by Manchin's response but it was very clear that the feelings and concerns of the crowd were mixed.

Crowd members were given green and red pieces of paper to hold up when they agreed or disagreed.

Environmental Activist, Paul Dalzell says based on how Senator Manchin has previously voted he doesn't think he is a friend of the environment.

"What are you going to do for the communities that are suffering from cancer and from respiratory illness, and have some of the highest death rates in the unites states and he did not answer that question,” Dalzell said.

Dalzell says while he and Manchin may not agree, what's important is that he came and listened to what the community had to say.

"I want him to hear what the people have to say and that's really the most important thing about this, not to convince him to change but he needs to hear what the people have to say and that's why this is a people's town hall,” Dalzell said.

If you missed the town hall Thursday night Senator Manchin will be in Huntington Friday and in Morgantown on Saturday.

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