Manchin asks Dodges if he’ll support Biden in 2024: ‘We’ll just have to wait and see,’ says Democrat when asked if he’ll support President in Chris Cuomo interview
- Moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin played coy when asked if he would support President Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election
- “You know, we’ll just have to wait and see,” Manchin told fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo in a podcast interview.
- It would be the voters’ decision, Manchin said, and also noted how a “national Democratic figure” would likely not win his red state, West Virginia.
Moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin played coy when asked if he would support President Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election.
Manchin told fired CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who now hosts a podcast titled: Chris Cuomo Project.
First, Manchin said, voters should decide before responding to that answer.
West Virginia hasn’t voted for a Democrat since becoming president, said Manchin, who won Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election.
Moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin played coy when asked if he would support President Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election
Separate CNN anchor Chris Cuomo interviews Sen. Joe Manchin for a new episode of his podcast, The Chris Cuomo Project
President Joe Biden has praised Sen. Joe Manchin — and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer — for putting together a deal for a Senate reconciliation bill
Details of the transaction
Sens. Manchin and Schumer’s new bill would raise $739 billion in new revenue through a variety of proposals:
$313 billion by implementing a minimum corporate tax rate of 15%
$288 billion from enabling Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices
$124 billion from the IRS’ strong enforcement of the tax code
$14 billion from closing the carry interest loophole for money managers
It also includes $433 billion in new spending:
$369 billion for energy security and climate change
$64 billion to extend Medicare subsidies to the Medicare Act
That would leave $300 billion in deficit reduction
Cuomo interjected, “I asked you, what do you say to them?” About Manchine Support.
“What I will tell them is pick the person — I know Joe Biden is a good person, okay. Now from the leadership, it will depend. I think this policy or no energy policy is very, very harmful to our country,” Manchin said.
“I disagree with him on this,” he said of Biden. “I’m fighting for it.”
Manchin said of inflation, “There’s everybody to blame.”
He continued, “But basically the blame is that we didn’t expect it to happen and we didn’t get involved faster or the feds – you can talk about all of that.”
The West Virginia Democrat added, “So I’m not going to tell you who — who’s running.” “I don’t know if Joe Biden is running again and he’s the Democratic nominee, depending on the Republican nominee.”
Manchin’s disapproval comes on the same day that Biden publicly praised him.
Manchin has been front and center since Wednesday when he and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced they had reached an agreement on a Senate reconciliation bill.
This bill, if passed, rescues part of Biden’s Build Back Better plan, which Manchin originally killed in December.
In recent weeks, it looked like Manchin would be an obstacle to Biden’s climate agenda — but the compromise plan does include provisions for green energy after all.
“Yesterday, I spoke with both Senators Schumer and Manchin and offered my support for a landmark agreement to fight inflation and lower costs for American families,” Biden said Thursday in the state dining room, referring to the compromise.
Manchin, who like Biden has been battling COVID-19, must be released from isolation before the vote takes place.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin also currently has COVID.
My message to Congress is: This is the bill you can pass to lower inflation, lower the deficit, lower health care costs, tackle climate change and enhance energy security — all the while reducing the burdens facing working class and middle-class families, Biden said.