Last week, Sen. Joe Manchin sent shockwaves through D.C. when he announced he was not running for re-election. That leaves his seat up for grabs, in a deeply conservative state.
Plenty are wondering about Manchin’s future. And he’s been dropping hints about what he will do next.
During an interview about his plans, he called about President Biden himself. What he intends could rock the White House.
From The Hill:
“Joe Biden has been pulled so far to the left, the extreme left, as far as liberal,” Manchin told radio host John Catsimatidis in a Sunday interview on “The Cats Roundtable” on WABC 770 AM. “Makes no sense at all. It’s not the person we thought was gonna bring the country together.”…
“Washington wants you and I to be divided, and the rest of America to be divided because it’s a better business model for ’em,” he said. “So, I came to the conclusion I can’t change — I’ve been here 13 years. I’m not going to change it from within. And I’ve decide[d] to go around and see if I can mobilize the radical middle.”
Sen. Manchin took a swing at Joe Biden during a recent interview. He had previously criticized the Washington system, claiming it thrived by keeping Americans divided. Manchin had also called out Biden for moving to the far left after getting elected.
He once again criticized Biden, saying he has been pulled “so far to the left.” He said Biden did not turn out to be the man “we thought was gonna bring the country together.”
But does Manchin think he might be that person? He said he was going to travel the country to see if he could “mobilize the radical middle.” Manchin has not announced a presidential candidacy but did not shy away from the idea when asked about it.
Rumors abound that Manchin will become another third-party candidate for president. No Labels has apparently reached out to him, seeing if the moderate could pull away enough centrist voters to make a play for the White House.
Manchin’s recent comments seem to reinforce his plans. The Democrat has even flirted with officially breaking from the Democratic Party over its increasingly polarizing agenda.
But could Manchin actually “mobilize” the middle of the voting public? It would take a tremendous effort to pull voters from both parties, enough to defeat Biden and the prospective GOP candidate, Donald Trump.
- Joe Manchin criticized Biden, saying he has been pulled to the far left.
- Manchin once again said he wants to “mobilize” the middle of America.
- He could be gearing up for a presidential run.
Source: The Hill