Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) didn’t outright provide his help to President Biden ought to he grow to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2024, as an alternative saying that he wished to attend and see “who all of the gamers are.”
“The underside line is, let’s see who’s concerned,” Manchin stated in an interview with CBS’s “Face The Nation.” “Let’s wait till we see who all of the gamers are. Let’s simply wait till all of it comes out.”
Manchin, one of the crucial average Democrats in Congress, has been an irritant to liberals and progressives in his get together, and has publicly break up with Biden for what he has known as some in his get together pushing the president too far to the left.
“We’ve acquired a runaway debt, we’ve acquired inflation that’s killing individuals, we’ve acquired unsecured power, we’ve got a border that’s uncontrolled — you’re telling me we’re in the identical ballgame, in the identical ballpark? I don’t suppose so,” Manchin stated.
Manchin is notoriously noncommittal about what, if any, workplace he plans to run for when his time period is up in 2024. He beforehand advised he wouldn’t run for president, however has since walked again the feedback, saying they had been made “in jest.”
“I’m not taking something off the desk and I’m not placing something on the desk,” Manchin stated. “I stated I’ll decide on the finish of this 12 months.”
Manchin will doubtless face strain from Senate Democrats to run for reelection in West Virginia, because the get together faces a less-than-favorable Senate map in 2024, with plenty of alternatives for Republicans to select up Democratic seats, together with in West Virginia.
However Manchin’s extra tepid perspective towards Biden comes as many in the get together have begun to line up behind the incumbent president, who is predicted to announce a reelection marketing campaign in the approaching months. Polling suggests, nevertheless, that Democratic voters is perhaps open to an alternative choice to head the get together’s ticket in 2024.