Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) revealed during an interview with NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday he will not endorse or help Democrats keep control of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections.
Manchin made clear he would work with either Democrats or Republicans, but stressed the ultimate decision of who has control of Congress is one that rests with the voters, not politicians.
“What is your case for Democrats to keep control of the House and the Senate this election year?” Anchor Chuck Todd asked.
“If you look back through history, it makes it very difficult, especially in the most toxic times we have ever seen. It is up in the air right now,” Manchin answered.
“Do you hope Democrats keep control of the House and the Senate?” Todd shot back.
“I think people are sick and tired of politics, Chuck. I really do,” Manchin replied. “I think they’re sick and tired of Democrats and Republicans fighting and feuding and holding pieces of legislation hostage because they didn’t get what they wanted or something or someone might get credit for something.”
“Why don’t we start doing something for our country?,” he added. “Why don’t we just say this is good for America? I’ve always said the best politics is good government. Do something good, Chuck. But I’m not going to predict what’s going to happen,” Manchin added. “I’m not asking you to predict,” Todd clarified.
Manchin comes from West Virginia, a state where voters supported the forty-fifth President Donald Trump, more than in any other state in 2016. “I just want to make sure we do something good,” Manchin proclaimed.
When Todd pressed Manchin on what result he would personally want to see in November, the West Virginia moderate replied, “I would love — I’m not making those choices or decisions on that. I’m going to work with whatever I have. I’ve always said that. I think the Democrats have great candidates that are running.”
After he reiterated his willingness to work with both sides, Todd continued to question the senator and seemed surprised by Manchin’s apathy. “You don’t care about the outcome?” he questioned.
“Whatever the voters choose,” Manchin said. “I can’t decide what’s going to happen in Kansas or California or Texas. I respect the state for the people they send, and I give it my best to work with them, to do the best for my country. I don’t play the politics that way.”