(DailyVantage.com) – Moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who has been vocal in his criticisms of President Joe Biden, hinted that he may be entertaining a third party election bid in 2024.
Manchin, along with other moderates in the Senate such as Jon Tester (D-MT) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), is preparing for a difficult reelection campaign. His likely Republican opponent, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, is widely popular in the state.
According to a Morning Consult survey released in April, Governor Justice has a 52% job approval rating with Democrats in West Virginia, compared to Manchin’s 49%. And overall Justice’s approval rating stands at an impressive 66%, making him one of the most popular Governors in the country.
So Manchin, instead of jeopardizing his Senate seat in what will likely be the toughest race of his political career, may find it politically expedient to leave the Democratic Party, which has moved further to the left in recent years, and challenge President Biden as a third party candidate in 2024.
Since 2010, Manchin has been affiliated with No Labels, a centrist non-profit organization that promotes cooperation between Democrats and Republicans. The group, which is currently working on gaining access to the ballot in all 50 states, may prove to be a viable vehicle for centrists to use to challenge both the left and the right.
When asked if he would consider running for President in 2024 on a No Labels ticket, Manchin responded “people are starving, starving to work together”.
Manchin’s ambiguous answer about his future political ambitions is leading some to believe that he may, in fact, be seriously entertaining a third party bid.
The fact of the matter is that the Democratic Party has taken a decisive sharp-left turn in recent years, leaving behind the moderate wing. The party of Kennedy has, in a short period of time, become the party of AOC and the squad.
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