Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is on the campaign trail and several of his stops are in southern West Virginia.
His name will be on the ballot next week, as he is running again to keep his seat in Washington.
The Senator was at Phillips Machine Service in Beckley Wednesday, talking with workers about jobs and the economy.
He said you can't play politics at the level in Washington, that this is an American problem and we have to work together.
"We've gotta get a sound energy policy," Manchin said. "We gotta get our financial house in order. We have a correction that needs to go on in this country that gets us back to basics, and that's basically we build things, we manufacture things, we educate the workforce that's needed to do these jobs."
Workers at Phillips said they are feeling the effects of a negative light shining on the coal mining industry, but they said they were thankful for a stable job in this economy.
Manchin had one more stop Wednesday night before heading back to Charleston.