2024: Manchin refuses to say if he thinks Biden deserves a second term

“I am currently not taking part in elections. 2022, 2024, I’m not speculating on that. President Biden is currently my President. I will do my best to work with him and his administration to help the people of my state of West Virginia and this country,” Manchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper on State of the Union when asked if he thought that Biden deserves to be re-elected in two years.

Biden lost Manchin’s home state of West Virginia by 39 points in 2020.

Asked by NBC on Sunday if he hopes the Democrats retain control of the US House and Senate in the upcoming midterm elections, Manchin again expressed reticence, saying, “You know, I make these decisions or decisions about them Not.”

“I will work with everything I have. I’ve always said that. I think the Democrats have great candidates running. They are good people I have worked with. And I have tremendous respect and friendship with my fellow Republicans,” he said. “It makes it very easy for me to work on both sides.”

The comments from Manchin, a moderate Democrat whose reluctance to support some of Biden’s domestic political agendas at times prevented the president from achieving some legislative goals, further underscore his unpredictable nature as a swing voter within the party. They also come as more Democrats say they want someone other than Biden as their presidential nominee in 2024.
A CNN poll released last week found that 75% of Democratic and Democrat-leaning voters want the party to nominate someone other than president in the 2024 election, a sharp increase from earlier this year. The results come with low approval ratings for Biden amid widespread dissatisfaction with the state of the country and the economy.

A previous CNN poll conducted in January and February found that 51% of Democratic and Democrat-leaning voters said they wanted someone other than Biden to be the Democratic nominee in the next presidential election.

The White House said last year that Biden intends to seek re-election in 2024 after a report indicated that the commander in chief and his staff are trying to allay concerns about his future political prospects.

Last week, Manchin handed the president a possible legislative victory after he and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced a deal on a major energy and health bill that marked a breakthrough after more than a year of negotiations that have repeatedly failed.

Manchin told Tapper Sunday that Biden deserved credit for the deal.

“You don’t do a bill of this scale and size without the president knowing what’s going on, the president being involved to some extent but also giving his approval. And that’s what President Biden did,” he said.

CNN’s Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.

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