Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., listens to a reporter speak during a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, at the Capitol in Washington.
- Senator Joe Manchin has not ruled out running for president in 2024, he told NBC News on Sunday.
- Manchin was noncommittal on whether he would remain a Democrat or seek re-election as a senator.
- The moderate did not support President Joe Biden, who is firmly committed to running for re-election.
Senator Joe Manchin has not ruled out a presidential run in 2024, nor has he pledged to remain a Democrat.
The West Virginia senator remained noncommittal about his future plans while speaking with NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning.
“I haven’t decided what I’m going to do in 2024. I have two years now to do my best for the state and my country,” Manchin said. “Everything is on the table.”
Manchin, a moderate who has sometimes been stymied by his party, indicated that a bid for governor of West Virginia is not on his horizon, leaving only the presidency, as Todd noted on Sunday.
“So everything is on the table,” Todd said. “There’s basically just one more thing, the presidency. Is that something you would do outside the Democratic party if you did?”
“All I can tell you is what I will do is whatever I can when I make up my mind what is best for me to support and represent the people of West Virginia but also to be loyal to this country and the Irish constitution. this country,” Manchin responded. “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that when I make my decision, I make it based on what’s best, what I think I can do to support him and the best for my country and my state.”
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Todd noted that Manchin was not denying the possibility of a presidential future, but wanted to ask if the senator would support a re-election bid by President Joe Biden, who turned 80 in November.
“He’s going to have to make that decision,” Manchin said, withholding an immediate endorsement. “I haven’t decided on anything I’m going to do until I see what the lay of the land will be at that time because this country needs to unite. We need to come back together. We’re not coming together. And someone has to be able to bring this country together.”
Many Democrats have questioned whether Biden should seek a second term and the president has quietly signaled that he plans to run again. Although Biden has not officially announced it, his plans have become more solidified among insiders in recent weeks, especially since former President Donald Trump announced his 2024 re-election bid in November.
“I think he has done a good job in so many factions, in many areas. I think there is much more to be done. I think he has been drawn to the left for too long, and I think I have told him that. He was up front with that. It’s that central center that the country needs, that’s what the people of America want,” Manchin said.