Top Democrat Wants To Leave His Own Party

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( – Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, recently hinted at the possibility of leaving his party. This revelation comes shortly after his decision not to seek re-election for the Senate. During a CNN interview, anchor Kaitlan Collins questioned Manchin about his potential departure from the Democratic party, especially in light of his expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of political affairs.

Manchin, criticizing the political landscape, remarked that politics has become overly focused on the interests of the Democratic and Republican parties, often neglecting the needs of the people. He expressed concern over the parties’ intense focus on gaining a majority, which he believes causes significant harm.

Manchin, who has been in politics for nearly four decades, emphasized his independence from traditional Washington politics. He indicated that while he hasn’t made a decision yet, the idea of leaving the party is something he’s contemplating. He jokingly added that the party might be relieved to see him go.

Having held his Senate seat since 2010, Manchin is often seen as the most at-risk Democrat in the upcoming 2024 presidential election. His decision not to run again has heightened Democratic concerns about losing the seat to Republicans. However, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee remains optimistic, with spokesman David Bergstein asserting that the party has multiple strategies to maintain and strengthen its Senate majority.

Despite stepping back from a Senate re-election campaign, Manchin has not dismissed the idea of a presidential run. In a discussion with Kristen Welker on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he mentioned he was “absolutely” considering a presidential bid.

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