Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has revealed that a third-party candidate would have a low chance of winning the presidential election in 2024.
Manchin, who recently announced he will not be seeking re-election, made the revelation during on West Virginia’s “Watchdog Radio” show.
“I’ve been invited to different areas up in different battleground states, just to be able to speak to different groups and if I can get them what you should be looking for. I know that a third-party candidate, myself or anyone else who wants to jump into that fray, is really a long shot,” Manchin said on West Virginia’s “Watchdog Radio” show. “But if you can get a movement to where you can move the two established parties, the Democrat and Republican, back to where their roots are, where they’ve come from and what they’ve been able to produce over all these years, they can get back to some normality.”
Even though Manchin has largely remained silent about his ambitions for the White House, reports suggest that the senator could run as a third-party candidate under the No Label Flags. Manchin, however, admitted on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” that he is considering a run for president as an independent candidate.
“Here’s what I’m seriously contemplating. I’ve said this clearly, people say, are you going to run? I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure… and mobilize the common sense middle that could be a center left, center right,” Manchin said. “Your saying does that mean you would consider it? Absolutely,” Manchin finally admitted.” “Every American should consider if they’re in a position to help save the country. I think we’re on the wrong course. I will do everything possible.”
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🚨Sen. Joe Manchin says he 'absolutely' would consider a presidential run.
He also says he thinks Biden needs to move more to the middle — the man we elected has swung too far left.
— Christopher Webb (@cwebbonline) November 15, 2023
Manchin’s potential third-party run has left Democrats displeased, with many of them worrying that the senator’s campaign could hurt President Joe Biden’s re-election chances. Manchin, however, does not believe that his potential 2024 bid could harm Biden’s re-election chances.
Democrats urge Joe Manchin not to 'undercut' Biden with 2024 bid
— Wendy Kortepeter (@WKortepeter) November 20, 2023
“I don’t buy that scenario. I’ve heard that. And — and I wouldn’t buy that scenario, because if you look back in history, how things have played out, I don’t think that they thought Ross Perot would elect Bill Clinton,” he told CBS.