Word out of the Democrat camp is a Joe Manchin POTUS run would have a severe negative impact on President Joe Biden’s reelection efforts; “My reaction is disappointment, deep disappointment,” Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said.
Manchin, a moderate in a party becoming more and more progressive under Biden, has flirted with a presidential campaign as an independent. He recently announced he will not seek another term in the U.S. Senate from his native red state.
“I think it would be very, very unfortunate if Joe Manchin decided to do that,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said of a possible Manchin third-party candidacy, The Hill reported.
“I know he’s a supporter of President Biden and has been an important person here in the U.S. Senate in terms of getting things done. And he knows that if he were to step in [to the race] that it would make it much more likely Donald Trump would be president again and I know Joe Manchin doesn’t want that.”
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., echoed Stabenow’s sentiment.
“My reaction is disappointment, deep disappointment,” Blumenthal said, The Hill reported. “At his core I think Joe Manchin is a Democrat and believes in Democratic values and principles. I’m deeply disappointed that he is still even talking about a possible run that would undermine Joe Biden.
“The simple stark fact is that a Manchin run for president would undercut Joe Biden.”
More over at The Hill
Sen. Joe Manchin’s flirtation with a third-party presidential bid after announcing his retirement from the Senate is sparking anxiety among Democratic senators https://t.co/02TvRMfmzm
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