Dem Governor Sends Warning Shot To Manchin Over 2024 Run
Maryland Governor Wes Moore on Sunday warned Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) against running for president as an independent candidate.
Manchin, West Virginia’s only congressional Democrat, announced last week that he will not be seeking re-election come 2024. The lawmaker said he would be traveling the country looking for ways to create a movement to “mobilize the middle and bring Americans together.”
Manchin’s resignation led many to speculate that the lawmaker plans to run for the White House in 2024. Reports suggest that Manchin could run as an independent under the “No Labels” party, a bipartisan centrist group planning to raise $70 million to back an independent candidate in the next presidential election.
To the West Virginians who have put their trust in me and fought side by side to make our state better – it has been an honor of my life to serve you. Thank you. My statement on my political future: pic.twitter.com/dz8JuXAyTL
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November 9, 2023
Moore, in an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” said Machin would mar his legacy if he decides to run in 2024 under No Labels
“My message to Joe Manchin is, I thank him for his service. I think he’s had a year — a career of distinguished service, both as a governor,” Moore said. “I would urge him not to mar his legacy by getting involved in something so foolish. Because, if you look at what No Labels is, No Labels literally has no plan, has no path, has no policy platform. They don’t even have a candidate.”
However, Moore —a top surrogate for Biden’s re-election effort— maintained that a third candidate will not hurt the president’s chances of re-election in 2024.
"I would urge him not to mar his legacy by getting involved in something so foolish."
Maryland Gov. Wes Moore urges West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin not to run for president as a third-party candidate, claiming such a bid has no chance of succeeding. https://t.co/kmyMWrDVYz pic.twitter.com/t6QdLPVW2l
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 12, 2023
“No. Because I think what President Biden is going to continue to show is that results do matter. You know, it’s one thing to say we’re going to rail against the system, and it’s another thing to actually work to make systems better. And that’s what I think President Biden has continued to show,” Moore said. “I think all the other things will just sound like noise, while President Biden’s results will sound like actually what they are, real, productive momentum for the people of this country.”