‘I Don’t Know What The Future Lies’: Manchin Won’t Rule Out Challenging Biden

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin wouldn’t rule out challenging President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination while speaking during a live Q&A hosted by Semafor.

CBS News’ Chief Election & Campaign Correspondent Robert Costa noted a growing number of Americans do not want to see Biden win the nomination for the upcoming presidential race.

“Are you considering a 2024 presidential bid?” Costa asked. (RELATED: ‘They’re Not Taking My Gas Stove Out,’ Manchin Says As Biden Admin Plans Gas Stove Crackdown)

“Bob, in all seriousness, only thing I’m concerned is what can I do to bring the country together? I don’t know what – I don’t know what the next chapter will be. I don’t know what the future lies. I really don’t, but I can tell you one thing, I feel like most Americans, we’ve got to come together,” Manchin said. “Americans want to be united.”

Manchin then said many politicians have been “forced” to pick a side even if they are trying to play it straight down the middle.

“There’s a lot of people like me, I think, that will come to that middle, and if we can bring them together and find out if there’s a need, we will just see. I think there’s a lot of different players in the game, I really do.”

Manchin has been one of a few Democrats urging Biden to negotiate with Republicans on the debt ceiling. Manchin recently told CNN that Biden is a “reasonable” guy and so he can’t understand why Biden refuses debt negotiation talks.

While Biden has not formally declared his 2024 candidacy, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll found the highest number of Americans in four decades says they are worse off under the current administration. The poll found that four in 10 Americans say their financial situation has worsened since Biden took office, which is “the most in ABC News/Washington Post polls dating back 37 years,” according to ABC News. Only 16% of those polled said they were better off under Biden.