Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has refused to say he will support Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election.
Manchin believes he will need to review the profile of the Republican candidate before announcing his support for Biden’s second term.
Manchin Unlikely to Support Biden’s Second Term
Speaking on ex-CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s new show, The Chris Cuomo Project, Manchin suggested he still does not know who will be the Democratic nominee for 2024.
Likewise, Manchin noted “[he] would wait and see” who the Republican candidate against Biden is to make up his mind about the 2024 election.
Furthermore, Manchin stated he would “do everything” to make the next president successful, irrespective of party affiliation.
Joe Manchin Refuses to Endorse Biden in 2024, Doesn't Rule out Voting Republican
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Though Cuomo pressed Manchin, asserting this is the first time he is hearing an incumbent senator hesitating to back the president of his own party for his reelection.
Responding to this, Manchin claimed he always supports the “right person” in elections. According to Manchin, politicians will need to listen to the people of their state before announcing their support for any presidential candidate.
So, Manchin continued, “people will make a decision state by state” for the 2024 presidential elections.
Manchin’s resistance against Biden is in line with the voting pattern of his state, West Virginia, which voted overwhelmingly for Trump in the 2020 election.
Cuomo kept on asking Manchin if he was aiming to be a presidential nominee of the Democrat Party. However, Manchin did not answer whether he would run for the White House or not.
No matter what Joe Manchin says, the Democrats’ new version of Build Back Better will only build us back bankrupt.
Hiking taxes and expanding the IRS won’t do a damn thing to help the folks in Joe Biden’s “hometown” of Scranton who can barely afford trips to the grocery store.
— Jim Bognet (@Bognet4congress) July 28, 2022
Manchin Finally Agreed With a Revised Version of Social Spending Bill
Manchin asserted he asked the Biden administration to reduce the social spending spree, which aimed to pour government money into every sector of the economy. However, Manchin said that “games were being played” against him.
For a long time, Manchin and Biden remained at a crossroads. Now, Manchin has finally agreed to support the highly trimmed version of the social spending bill, which will not incorporate sweeping climate reforms in it.
On Wednesday, both Manchin and Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer announced they reached a deal on a revised version of the Build Back Better bill, which Republican lawmakers have referred to as the “Build Back Broke” Act.
Manchin told the media, earlier Thursday, that President Biden was not involved in the negotiations between the two senators. The negotiations “could have absolutely gone sideways” had Biden tried to intervene, the senator added.
Once Manchin and mainstream Democrats agreed on the new bill, Biden noted the legislation would be a “godsend” for Americans.
Manchin’s remarks against Biden’s second term depict the deep-rooted sentiments of many Democrats, who think Biden should retire in 2024. A recent survey by CNN indicated 75% of Democrats want to see a new face running for the presidency in 2024.This article appeared in The State Today and has been published here with permission.