A CNN reporter found some potentially bad news for Democrats when he asked Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin if he wanted to switch parties. Since Senator Sinema joined the Republican Party, everyone is watching Manchin. Both are more in line with conservative ideas and go against what Biden wants to do, which is more liberal.
On December 9, Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona said she was leaving the Democratic Party. She will stay on the committees she is on now and meet with other Senate Democrats. With this move, Rep. Ruben Gallego won't be able to run against Sinema in the primary.
Manchin did not say that he would not leave the Democratic Party at a press conference on Monday.
“I’ll look at all of these things. I’ll look at every circumstance, and I have no intention of doing anything right now. Whether I do something later I can’t tell you what the future is going to bring,” he said in response to a question from CNN’s Manu Raju.
“I’m not a Washington Democrat. I don’t know what else to tell you. … And if a Washington independent is — we’ll see what happens there. We’ll have to look. People are registering more for independent than any other party affiliation, they are sick and tired of it,” he continued.
Manchin is running for re-election in 2024. He represents the second-most conservative state in the country. Rep. Alex Mooney, a Republican, and Gov. Jim Justice, who is also a Republican, are both thinking about running against the two-term senator.
Manchin: “I’m not a Washington Democrat. I don't know what else to tell you. … And if a Washington independent is — we'll see what happens there. We'll have to look. People are registering more for independent than any other party affiliation, they are sick and tired of it.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 12, 2022
Since Justice was elected governor of West Virginia in 2016, when he won by more than seven points, no other Democrat has won a statewide office there. In 2017, he changed his party.
Republican senators from Texas, John Cornyn and Clarence Thomas, have asked Manchin to join their party. Manchin, the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, was one of only two Democrats to vote against a bill that would have made abortion legal up to the moment of birth and ended restrictions on nurses and doctors who don't want to violate their morals.