Outgoing West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) invoked the “radical middle” as he hinted at mobilization against the “extreme left” president.
Even before the moderate lawmaker revealed that he wasn’t seeking re-election, rumors of a potential third-party run against President Joe Biden had been circulating. Now, a conversation with WABC 770 AM’s John Catsimatidis criticizing the rampant division across the political landscape only heightened speculation as he fleshed out near-term intentions.
“Joe Biden has been pulled so far to the left, the extreme left, as far as liberal. Makes no sense at all; it’s not the person we thought was gonna bring the country together,” the West Virginia politician said on “The Cats Roundtable” before adding, “So, we’re in a heck of a mess here and we’ve got to bring people together and they’ve gotta demand more.”
Earlier in the discussion, Manchin told Catsimatidis, “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.”
“So, I came to the conclusion I can’t change — I’ve been here 13 years,” the senator contended before suggesting his future plans. “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.”
Similar language regarding the United States traditionally right-of-center landscape had been used when the Democrat, who previously served as governor of West Virginia, expressed how he had come to the decision not to seek another term in Congress.
“After months of deliberation and long conversations with my family, I believe in my heart of hearts that I have accomplished what I set out to do for West Virginia. I have made one of the toughest decisions of my life and decided that I will not be running for re-election to the United States Senate, but what I will be doing is traveling the country and speaking out to see if there is an interest in creating a movement to mobilize the middle and bring Americans together,” he expressed in his statement.
The repeated language further suggested the potential of a third-party bid as part of the No Labels Party, a point the senator didn’t outright deny during recent interviews.
When asked by NBC News host Kristen Welker on “Meet the Press” if he had an eye on the White House, Manchin said, “I will do anything I can to help my country, and you’re saying, ‘Does that mean you would consider it?'”
“Absolutely,” he went on. “Every American should consider it if they’re in a position to help save the country.”
Similarly, he suggested that Biden was not the way to go when he told CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell, “I don’t know what the future lies. I know that we can’t continue the direction we’re going.”
Meanwhile, Newsmax reported that “administration sources…say that Manchin probably won’t run for president, noting their experience with the senator, who often delays Biden’s agenda but ends up supporting it.”
Despite his concerns about the president’s “extreme left” positions, it was suggested that the senator’s “deep opposition to [former President Donald] Trump,” could prove a determining factor in staying out if his presence on the ballot would serve as a spoiler in a potential 2024 general election rematch of the 2020 presidential election.
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