Since Joe Manchin announced his plan to retire from the Senate, Democrats have been worried about him running as a third-party candidate against Joe Biden.
After saying that he would “absolutely” consider making a presidential run during an interview last week, there has been anxiety among Democratic senators who warn that Manchin would make a big mistake if he challenges President Biden.
In an interview with @MeetThePress’ @kwelkernbc, Sen. Joe Manchin says he ‘absolutely’ would consider a presidential run — and that first he has to explore whether there’s an appetite among voters for a moderate candidate like him. pic.twitter.com/pdgBsohJg9
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 16, 2023
From The Hill:
Democratic lawmakers say that if Manchin runs for president as an independent, it will hurt Biden’s reelection chances and could result in what they view as the nightmare scenario of electing Donald Trump to a second White House term.
Democratic senators were less concerned about a potential Manchin presidential run a few months ago, when they thought he was still likely to run for another Senate term.
Since then, Biden’s polling numbers have gotten worse in a…
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