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Don’t Count on Manchin

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In the latest blow to Joe Biden’s hope of holding on to the presidency beyond his current term, Sen. Joe Manchin has refused to commit to supporting the 79-year-old should he run in 2024. 

“I’m not getting involved in any election right now. 2022, 2024, I’m not speculating on it,” Manchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper. President Biden is my president right now, and I’m going to work with him and his administration to the best of my ability to help the people in my state of West Virginia and this country.”

The Senator for West Virginia, who supported Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016 before switching allegiance to Biden in 2020, has provided numerous roadblocks to Biden’s progressive agenda on matters ranging from spending bills to social issues such as legalizing abortion on a federal level. 

In a separate interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd, Manchin also declined to support the Democratic Party in their bid to keep control of Congress. “If you look back through history, it makes it very difficult, especially in the most toxic times we have ever seen,” he continued. “It is up in the air right now.”

Although Manchin did praise Biden for his $739 billion tax and climate package, his refusal to commit to his re-election is yet another indication that the president and his party are losing control of the center ground in American politics. 

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Following confirmation last week that the U.S. is officially in an economic recession, approval of Biden’s job performance continues to fall to record levels. With current polling indicating Hispanics are now split evenly between the two parties, the only certainty is a further realignment of the political landscape in the coming months and years.