Joe Manchin Avoids The Question: Will He Support Joe Biden In 2024?
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Sunday avoided a question from CNN’s Jake Tapper about whether he would throw his support behind Joe Biden should the president go through with plans to run for re-election in 2024.
The senator was asked whether Biden would get his endorsement by Mr Tapper in response to the new ballot, which would show the president’s approval rating with an already low and record-low support for a potential reelection bid among his own party.
Mr Manchin responded by undercutting the Washington media’s continued attention on the next election cycle, describing his partnership with the president as well as carefully avoiding making any statements about 2024.
“Jake, I’m not going to run for any elections right now, 2022, 2024, I’m not speculating on this. President Biden is my president right now, I’m going to work with him and his administration to help me get into my I can help the people in the state of West Virginia and this country.”
His non-response would not have been remarkable had it not been for a public call by one of his Democratic aides in the House a few days earlier to step down Mr Biden and another Democrat head for the party’s presidency in 2024.
Congressman Dean Phillips of Minnesota became the first member of Mr Biden’s party on Capitol Hill this week to publicly join the call for “generational” change in the party, a shot at Democrats’ geriatric leadership in the House, Senate and White House.
“No,” said Mr Phillips if he wants Mr Biden to run in 2024. “I think the country will be well served by a new generation of compelling, well-dressed, dynamic Democrats who step up.”
Mr Manchin is normally known outwardly with the direction of much of his party and has come out in front of Mr Biden’s Build Back Better agenda last year, only to revive it by whipping up a signature piece of legislation. (albeit in a much more scaled-down way) this past week.
His party is now using the short piece of legislation that avoids overhauling America’s social safety net as Democrats previously wanted, while still using billions to fight against climate change in the form of electric vehicle credits. and make provisions aimed at decarbonizing the US energy industry. It also has measures to curb harmful inflation, which has left many American households struggling to cope with high food costs, energy costs and housing prices.
Conservative Democrats in a whirlwind of appearances on CNN, ABC, Fox News and NBC on Sunday cited the legislation as needed to fight the trend of rising costs of living for American families.
“It’s fighting inflation,” he said on CBS face the nation, “It’s all about that absolute horrible situation that people are going through now because of the cost of inflation. Whether it’s gasoline, whether it’s food prices, whether it’s energy pricing.”