Manchin: Obama doesn't have that 'pal' nature

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinElection-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Mylan CEO should be ashamed of EpiPen prices Overnight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks MORE (D-W.Va.) on Sunday said it is not in President Obama's nature to "pal around" with members of Congress.

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Manchin said during an interview with Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union" that his relationship with the president is like the majority of lawmakers.

Obama doesn't "have the gregarious type of personality like Bill ClintonBill ClintonTrump: 'I'm considering' going after Clintons' marriage What Trump and Obama have in common Trump demands Obama not pardon Clinton for 'crimes' MORE," Manchin said of the president's style when interacting with lawmakers.

When asked if it makes getting the job done harder, Manchin said "it makes it more difficult."

"You know, it's hard to say 'no' to a friend," Manchin said of Obama's difficulty to foster compromise in the House or Senate. "When you build that relationship and that friendship, you are looking for ways to try to work things out and find a compromise."

"When you don't build those personal relationships, its pretty easy for a person to say, 'Well, let me think about it.' They don't really make that extra effort."

Obama's approval numbers have hit new lows. In a CNN poll released late last month, Obama's numbers dropped to 41 percent, a three-point dip since October and the lowest for the president since he took office.