Sen. Manchin Speaks to Possible 3rd Party Run – Watch
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) addressed the possibility of a presidential run on Thursday, during a town hall event for the bipartisan group No Labels. The group is pushing for a third-party ticket in the 2024 election, and Manchin’s appearance has sparked speculation that he could be a potential candidate.
Manchin did not rule out a run, but he also did not commit to one. He said that he is “keeping all options open” and that he will “make a decision at the appropriate time.”
“It is clear that most Americans are exceedingly frustrated by the growing divide in our political parties and toxic political rhetoric from our elected leaders,” Manchin said. “Our political discourse is lacking engaged debates around common sense solutions to solve the pressing issues facing our nation. I am looking forward to modeling this type of conversation with my good friend, Gov. Huntsman, and the No Labels community. The things that unite Americans are much stronger than the things that divide us and I am confident that will be evident throughout our discussion.”
Manchin’s potential candidacy has been met with mixed reactions from Democrats. Some have expressed concern that he could split the Democratic vote and help elect a Republican president. Others have said that Manchin could be a valuable asset to the Democratic Party if he runs as an independent.
No Labels is a bipartisan group that advocates for common-sense solutions to problems facing the United States. The group has been critical of both the Democratic and Republican parties, and it believes that a third-party ticket could be a way to break the gridlock in Washington, D.C.
It is unclear whether Manchin would actually run for president as an independent. However, his appearance at the No Labels town hall event has certainly raised the possibility. If Manchin does decide to run, it would be a major development in the 2024 presidential race.
"I dearly hope and pray" that Sen. Joe Manchin will run for reelection in the Senate, Sen. Chris Coons says, amid speculation Manchin is considering a 2024 third-party presidential bid.
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