Manchin Finally Admits He Might Run For President
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) revealed on Wednesday that he is considering a run for the White House in 2024.
Manchin made the revelation while speaking on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”
“Let’s talk about your future because obviously you are facing a big decision. Can you take us inside your thinking right now? Are you seriously contemplating a run for the White House?” show moderator Kristen Welker asked the Democrat lawmaker.
Manchin initially tried to dodge the question, stating that he is focused on doing everything in his power to mobilize a common sense middle that could be a center-left.
“Here’s what I’m seriously contemplating. I’ve said this clearly, people say, are you going to run? I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure… and mobilize the common sense middle that could be a center left, center right. It could be a person involved in the Grand Old Party forever, but they’ve basically said to my Democrat friends over here, the old Blue Dog Democrats, that the middle is gone. There’s not many centrists left. If I can reinvigorate that, I will do everything that I possibly can. I will do anything I can to help my country.”
However, Welker refused to accept Manchin’s response, instead, she pressed further on if the lawmaker was considering running for the White House.
“Your saying does that mean you would consider it? Absolutely,” Manchin finally admitted.” “Every American should consider if they’re in a position to help save the country. I think we’re on the wrong course. I will do everything possible.”
Here it is…
🚨Sen. Joe Manchin says he 'absolutely' would consider a presidential run.
He also says he thinks Biden needs to move more to the middle — the man we elected has swung too far left.
— Christopher Webb (@cwebbonline) November 15, 2023
The lawmaker, who recently announced he won’t be seeking re-election for his Senate seat, blasted said the president was not the same person the American people voted for.
I’m afraid that Joe Biden has been pushed too far to the left, can he come back? We’ll see. But the bottom line is, that’s not the Joe Biden we thought was being elected to go that far left,” Manchin said.
Manchin’s revelation could spell trouble for President Joe Biden’s re-election efforts, with reports showing that the lawmaker might draw voters away from the president if he runs as an independent candidate.