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Rep. Nick J. Rahall II and Sen. Joe Manchin III (rear) are Democrats from a conservative state. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Nick J. Rahall II and Sen. Joe Manchin III (rear) are Democrats from a conservative state. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, has pushed for a one-year delay of the mandate, saying 2014 should be a "transitional year" for Mr. Obama's signature reform.

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"What we found out is that people just didn't trust government that they were going to stop there," says Sen. Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat who co-sponsored gun control legislation that failed this year. (Associated Press)

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"What we found out is that people just didn't trust government that they were going to stop there," says Sen. Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat who co-sponsored gun control legislation that failed this year. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, talks on his phone just off the Senate floor following lunch with fellow Democrats at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, talks on his phone just off the Senate floor following lunch with fellow Democrats at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, talks on his phone just off the Senate floor following lunch with fellow Democrats at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** Sen. Joe Manchin III (right), West Virginia Democrat, accompanied by Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, announces on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** Sens. Joe Manchin III (left), West Virginia Democrat, and Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, arrive on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to announce that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Sens. Joe Manchin III (left), West Virginia Democrat, and Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, arrive on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to announce that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat (right), a lifelong hunter and NRA member, plans to "go to every gun show" in the country in his effort to convince doubters including NRA members of the Senate background-check bill's merit.

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** FILE ** Sens. Joe Manchin III (left), West Virginia Democrat, and Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, arrive on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to announce that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Joe Manchin III (right), West Virginia Democrat, tempered a proposal by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, that would have expanded checks to virtually all private gun sales. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Joe Manchin III (right), West Virginia Democrat, tempered a proposal by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, that would have expanded checks to virtually all private gun sales. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Joe Manchin III (right), West Virginia Democrat, accompanied by Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, announces on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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** FILE ** Sen. Joe Manchin III (right), West Virginia Democrat, accompanied by Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, announces on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Senators line the steps to the Senate door of the Capitol to watch Sen. Mark Kirk, Illinois Republican, (second from left), accompanied by Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, as he returns to Congress on the first day of the 113th Congress on Thursday after suffering a stroke last January. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Mr. Kirk “an inspiration.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Senators line the steps to the Senate door of the Capitol to watch Sen. Mark Kirk, Illinois Republican, (second from left), accompanied by Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, as he returns to Congress on the first day of the 113th Congress on Thursday after suffering a stroke last January. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Mr. Kirk “an inspiration.” (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Joe Manchin III (left), West Virginia Democrat, and Sen. Mark Kirk, Illinois Republican, comment as the Senate approves legislation that extends Social Security payroll tax cuts for two months, at the Capitol in Washington on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)