Some Democrats Reportedly Don’t Want Manchin To Run

Democrats Reportedly Don't Want Manchin To Run

( – Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is something of a puzzle in Congress. He represents a conservative state with deep interests in the nation’s coal mining industry and has voted with Republicans on key issues to the point that Democrats struggled to pass legislation. He remains one of the most moderate Senators in Congress. Now, some in his party are worried about what it might mean if he runs for president — on a third-party ticket.

Manchin, who is 75 years old, is reportedly flirting with a presidential bid, though according to Senator John Hickenlooper (D-CO), who spoke to POLITICO, he continues to play coy. Hickenlooper said he told Manchin that running “would help [former President] Donald Trump,” and all the West Virginia legislator did was nod.

On the other hand, Manchin says he doesn’t “rule out anything,” citing “tremendous concern about our country and the direction” it is heading. He continued, saying that it’s not going to hurt anyone to consider — at least in the short term — if there’s reason to invest effort into saving moderate America.

While Manchin is a Democrat, he isn’t all-in for President Joe Biden’s policies. For instance, he believes the green agenda the administration is trying to push is “radical.” He’s also voted against several of Biden’s nominees and was instrumental in helping to craft and dial back the trillion-dollar legislation that ultimately became the Inflation Reduction Act.

Some think that should Manchin run as a centrist, he would split the vote, and propel Trump to another White House victory, despite his ongoing legal troubles. According to POLITICO, the West Virginia senator challenges that thought, asking, “Then, how did [Ross] Perot get Bill Clinton elected?” Perot ran as an independent against Clinton in 1992 and 1996.

Noting that the election is roughly a year-and-a-half away, Manchin concluded by wondering out loud if there was anything Americans could do to bring the Republicans and Democrats “back to centrist policy?”

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