(LibertySociety.com) – During an interview with Larry Kudlow on Fox Business, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin sparked new speculation about a potential bid for the White House. Senator Manchin has previously hinted at leaving the Democrat Party, as he feels they have moved too far to the left. However, Kudlow asked during the interview if Manchin plans to run as a moderate Democrat, challenging President Biden in the 2024 primary elections. Senator Manchin told Kudlow that he is not sure what Party he belongs to, adding, “I can tell you this. I belong to one team, the American team.”
Senator Manchin also told Kudlow that he is “fiscally responsible, socially compassionate,” which is a word-for-word phrase he said to a group of leaders from Iowa back in May 2023 in Washington D.C. He indicated that he’s leaving the door open, but stopped short of revealing any plans. Senator Manchin is up for re-election in 2024 but has not filed to run again. Rumors have swirled that he is weighing what a presidential campaign on a third-party ticket would look like. He has been affiliated with a group called No Labels for over twelve years now, and they aim to get a candidate from each Party on the ballot in every state.
Manchin has been very outspoken in his criticism of the decisions of the Biden administration, especially when it comes to policies that affect the United States energy industry. Most recently, he promised to block every EPA nominee that Biden put forward over a proposal from the agency would regulate the operations of nearly every power plant in the country. Manchin also voted with the Republicans to overturn Biden’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) rule, and most recently voted to overturn the student loan debt relief that Biden ordered. As the primary race is heating up with two opponents for Biden, Manchin has yet to confirm any plans. However, the current Governor of West Virginia is officially in the race to challenge him for his Senate seat.
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