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Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said in an online interview that he would not commit to voting for any potential candidate, including President Biden, in the 2024 presidential election.
Manchin spoke to Chris Cuomo about the growing polarization in American politics, partisan extremism in Washington DC and working with politicians across the island.
When asked if he was locked in to vote for Biden in 2024 because of his party affiliation, Manchin declined to commit to any candidate.
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When asked if he thought Biden deserved a second term, Manchin initially objected to the need for every citizen to consult their own conscience. When prompted to weigh in with his own thoughts, Manchin said: “If Joe Biden runs again – if he’s the Democratic nominee – depending on who the Republican nominee is, we’ll just have to wait and see. “
“I’m not predicting anything or how I will or will not support […] but I can tell you this. No matter who the president is elected – Democrat, Republican, independent – everyone should pray for success. I’m going to do everything I can to make that person successful.”
Cuomo, visibly surprised by Manchin’s response, pointed out that it’s rare for a sitting senator not to endorse a current president of his own party for another term.
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“I don’t know what to tell you about it. I’m just, I’m always for the right person when they run. […] Joe Biden is a good person with a good heart who wants to do the right thing,” Manchin replied.
The senator went on to praise the president, saying, “And I’ve always believed that. Some people around him sometimes that I disagree with, and I disagree with a lot of the advice that he receives, and we talk back and forth. But we have a very respectful and candid conversation.”
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Manchin was also pressed to answer if there was a chance he would run for president – a question he initially dodged. However, when asked to give a more direct answer, the senator did not rule out this possibility.
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Manchin, who for months has been criticized by progressive Democrats for rejecting the Build Back Better agenda, is now being hailed by Democrats demanding expansive climate change legislation.
Manchin on Wednesday announced an agreement on a reconciliation package that makes significant investments in green energy generation and health care while raising funds through additional corporate taxes and tougher law enforcement. ‘IRS. According to Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., the Cut Inflation Act would raise $739 billion, investing $433 billion in climate initiatives — saying that it will reduce carbon pollution by around 40% by 2030 – and prescription drug programs while also reducing the deficit.