“50-50 [control] means that if one senator does not vote on the Democratic side, there is no tie and there is no bill,” Manchin said.

“I commit to tonight and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that’s watching, I want to allay those fears, I want to rest those fears for you right now because when they talk about, whether it be packing the courts or ending the filibuster, I will not vote to do that,” he continued.

Manchin called the U.S. Senate a “unique” legislative body in that the original parameters encourage bipartisanship.

He said that he also does not know whether any or enough Democrats would support bills along the lines of “defunding the police,” and that he believes there would in turn be Republicans willing to compromise on “fixing” ObamaCare.