Senator Joe Manchin does not rule out leaving the Democratic Party

Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) told reporters Monday that he won’t rule out leaving the Democratic Party like Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) did last week — but he added that it won’t be there The near future.

“I’m going to look at all these things. I’ve always looked at all these things, but I have no intention of doing anything right now,” Manchin said said CNN reporter Manu Rajubefore adding, “Whether I’ll do anything later, I can’t tell you what the future holds.”

Centrist Manchin has been a member of the Democratic Group since his election to the Senate in 2010. The 75-year-old former West Virginia governor, along with Sinema, helped shatter several legislation supported by rank and party-file members, including the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better bill Biden administration. Manchin has also resisted Democrat efforts to end Senate filibuster rules and has blocked White House appointments.

“I’m not a Washington Democrat, I don’t know what to tell you,” Manchin told reporters. “But I have a lot of friends who aren’t Washington Republicans, and if an independent Washingtonian, like I said, is more comfortable, you know, we’ll see what happens there, we’ll have to look.”

FILE - Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., speaks during a news conference September 20, 2022 at the Capitol in Washington.  Manchin will stand for re-election in 2024.
Senator Joe Manchin does not rule out leaving the Democratic Party.
AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, file

In October 2021, Manchin threatened to switch his affiliation to independent after disagreements with colleagues over the Biden administration’s failed Build Back Better plan.

“I said as I’m a moderate centrist Democrat if that’s a problem for you let me know and I’d switch to an independent. But I would still debate with Democrats,” he said at the time, describing his discussions with other Democrats in Congress.

Last week, fellow Senator Sinema announced she was registering as an independent, leaving the Democratic Party as the third independent in the upper house.

“I have joined the growing number of Arizonans who reject partisan politics by declaring my independence from Washington’s fractured partisan system,” Sinema, 46, wrote in an op-ed for the Arizona Republic newspaper. Senator Joe Manchin does not rule out leaving the Democratic Party


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