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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) declined to call himself a Democrat during an interview over the weekend when pressed on the matter.
Manchin participated in a Sunday interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“My main concern is how do we bring this country together? How do we make it work?” Manchin said when asked about potentially running for president. “How do we make Democrats, Republicans become Americans again, and not just party affiliates?”
“Do you still identify as a Democrat?” Bartiromo repeatedly asked Manchin.
“I identify as an American,” Manchin responded. “I’m an American through and through.”
During an interview last month on NBC News, Manchin declined to answer whether he would seek re-election as a Democrat.
“If you run for office in 2024, are you going to run as a Democrat?” host Chuck Todd asked.
“I haven’t made a decision what I’m going to do in 2024,” Manchin responded. “I’ve got two years ahead of me now to do the best I can for the state and for my country.”
Manchin said “everything’s on the table” in terms of what his political future may hold.
“So everything on the table, there’s basically only one other thing: the presidency,” Todd said. “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,” Manchin responded. “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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— Mike Berg (@MikeKBerg) January 22, 2023