West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin will not endorse President Joe Biden if he decides to run again for office.
We reported Wednesday that Manchin and Chuck Schumer reached an agreement on a $670 billion inflation reduction act.
We reported that Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema has not yet joined the legislation, as we also reported.
Manchin declined to endorse Biden in an interview with Chris Cuomo, his podcast “The Chris Cuomo Project”.
“I don’t know who is going to be running. If Joe Biden runs again and he is the Democratic nominee, depending on who the Republican nominee is, we will just have to wait and see … I am not predicting anything or how I would support or not support, or get involved or not. But I can tell you this, whoever the elected president is – a Democrat, Republican, independent – every one of us should pray they succeed. I am going to do everything I can to make that person successful.”
Not only did Manchin not endorse Biden, but he added that it also depends on who the Republican nominee will be. In 2019, Manchin said he would not back Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders if he became the Democratic nominee.
Cuomo replied to Manchin by saying:
“I don’t think I have ever heard a sitting senator that is a member of a party not automatically say: ‘Oh yeah, the sitting president is in my party, I’m for them.”
Manchin replied: “Well, I don’t know what to tell you on that. I’m always for the right person when they’re running.” He added that people in West Virginia will not support a Democratic figure right now. “I believe that basically, the people will make a decision state by state,”
Cuomo responded by saying: “I asked: What do you say to them?”
Manchin replied, “What would I say to them is to pick the person. I know Joe Biden to be a good person.”
Although the far-left has criticized Manchin since the beginning, Manchin has not surrendered to extremists within his party.
He told Cuomo that he urged the Biden administration to cut back on the “Build Back Better” legislation.
Manchin answered yes to multiple questions about a presidential run.
“Whom I help or how I get involved will be a different story,” he said, adding that his goal was to “continue fighting like the dickens for an even better union.”