Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) recently refused to label himself as a Democrat while taking part in an interview this past weekend when pressed on the issue.
Manchin took part this past Sunday in an interview as part of a segment of “Sunday Morning Futures” with host Maria Bartiromo on Fox News.
“My main concern is how do we bring this country together? How do we make it work?” Manchin stated when questions about possibly running in the Presidential race for 2024. “How do we make Democrats, Republicans become Americans again, and not just party affiliates?”
“Do you still identify as a Democrat?” Bartiromo asked a number of times to Manchin throughout the interview.
“I identify as an American,” answered Manchin. “I’m an American through and through.”
As part of a different interview held this past month with NBC News, Manchin elected to note answer whether or not he would attempt to run a re-election campaign as a Democrat.
“If you run for office in 2024, are you going to run as a Democrat?” expressed Chuck Todd.
“I haven’t made a decision what I’m going to do in 2024,” Manchin stated in response. “I’ve got two years ahead of me now to do the best I can for the state and for my country.”
Manchin stated that “everything’s on the table” in terms of what may come soon in his political future.
“So everything on the table, there’s basically only one other thing: the presidency,” stated Todd. “Is that something you would do outside the Democratic Party if you could?”
“The only thing I can tell you is what I will do is whatever I can when I make my decision, what I think is the best that I can support and represent the people of West Virginia, but also be true to this country and the Constitution of this country,” chimed in Manchin as a response. “I’m telling you that I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that when I make my decision, I make it based on what’s best, what I think I can do to support the best for my country and my state.”
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