Manchin won’t leave Democratic Party — for now –



FILE- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., center, gestures during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, while working on a bipartisan infrastructure bill with, from left, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D.N.H. Though elected as a Democratic, Sinema announced Friday, Dec. 9, that she has registered as an independent, but she does not plan to caucus with Republicans, ensuring Democrats will retain their narrow majority in the Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(The Hill) — Sen. joe manchin (DW.Va.) said Monday that he has no intention of leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent after fellow centrist Sen. kyrsten sinema (I-Ariz.) announced last week that she would no longer identify as a Democrat.

Manchin, however, declined to rule out changing his party affiliation at some point in the future.

“I’ll look at all of these things. I’ve always looked at all these things but I have no intention of doing anything right now,” he told reporters Monday.

“Whether I do something later, I can’t tell you what the future’s going to bring. I can only tell you where I am and my mindset” now, he said.

Manchin, who is up for re-election in 2024, added, “I want to work with Kyrsten every day, the same as I have before.”

He later said “I tremendously respect her decision and wish her the best.”


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