Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is the latest Democrat to avoid a full-throated endorsement of sitting President Joe Biden’s reelection bid in 2024; Manchin says “we’ll just have to wait and see.”
In an interview this week, Manchin said “I’m not predicting anything or how I’ll support or not support […] but I can tell you this. Whoever the elected president is — Democrat, Republican, independent — everyone should pray they succeed. I’m gonna do everything I can to make that person successful.”
“I’m just, I’m always for the right person when they’re running. […] Joe Biden is a good person with a good heart who wants to do the right thing,” Manchin added, still refusing to commit to his party’s leader.
“And I’ve always believed that,” Manchin continued. “Some people around him sometimes I disagree with, and I disagree with a lot of the advice he’s getting, and we talk back and forth. But we have a very respectful, candid conversation.”
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Manchin, who for months took heat from progressive Democrats for tanking the Build Back Better agenda, is now being praised by Democrats who demand expansive climate change legislation.
Manchin on Wednesday announced an agreement on a reconciliation package that makes large investments in green energy production and health care while raising funds through additional corporate taxes and stricter IRS enforcement. According to Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the Inflation Reduction Act would raise $739 billion, investing $433 billion in climate initiatives — claiming it will reduce carbon pollution roughly 40% by 2030 — and prescription drug programs while also reducing the deficit.
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