Joe Manchin dodged a question about whether he wants the Democratic Party to win the House and Senate.
Manchin said he thinks people are fed up with politicians fighting and holding legislation “hostage”.
He said he would be okay with who would choose the voters and would “work with whatever I have.”
Sen. Joe Manchin dodged a direct question on Sunday about whether he wants the Democratic Party to win the November election and retain control of the House and Senate.
Speaking to NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press,” the West Virginia lawmaker said, “I think people are sick of politics, Chuck. Really.”
“I think they’re tired of Democrats and Republicans fighting and bickering and holding bills hostage because they didn’t get what they wanted, or something or someone. could be credited for something,” Manchin added.
Todd then pressed Manchin, asking him directly if he wanted the Democrats to win.
“I think the Democrats have some great candidates running. They’re good people I’ve worked with,” the senator replied. “And I have tremendous respect and friendship with my fellow Republicans, so I can work very easily on either side.”
“You don’t care about the outcome this year of the election?” Todd asked Manchin.
“Well, whatever — whatever the voters choose. I can’t decide what’s going to happen in Kansas or California or Texas. I really can’t,” Manchin said.
He added that he has always respected the elected representatives of the states and tried his best to work with them.
“I don’t play politics that way. I don’t like it that way,” Manchin added. “It’s not who I am.”
Manchin has been one of the biggest obstacles to Democrats passing major legislation in the Senate, despite the party having control of the chamber. On the one hand, the senator killed President Joe Biden’s landmark Build Back Better legislation.
In April, Manchin also addressed allegations that he might switch parties for the GOP – an idea touted by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – saying he had “never considered” the idea of switching parties. such a point of view.
Manchin has also been reluctant to voice support for Biden in 2024.
In a surprise U-turn last week, Manchin said he would support the Cut Inflation Act, a deal he and Sen. Chuck Schumer struck that allocates $370 billion for climate and energy programs and commits the United States to a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030. .
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