Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV )said this week that he wouldn’t back Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in a one-to-one presidential matchup against President Trump, citing his “Medicare-for-all” agenda.
Manchin made the remarks during his appearance on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on Wednesday. The moderate Democrat told host Neil Cavuto that he “absolutely” wouldn’t support Sanders’ agenda and described his “Medicare-for-all” proposal as impractical and that it “doesn’t make sense at all.”
“I think that Bernie brings a lot to the table. [He] makes you think a little bit, kind of gets the blood going, stirring and everything, but it’s not practical where I come from. Bernie keeps saying ‘Medicare-for-All,’ I say: ‘Bernie, we can’t even pay Medicare for some,'” Manchin said.
Joe Manchin says he “absolutely will not” support Bernie Sanders’ agenda, says he won’t vote for him vs. Trump, and refuses to rule out voting for Trump pic.twitter.com/7YIds0bI5j
— Ibrahim (@ibrahimpols) October 31, 2019
Cavuto then asked him whether he would vote for Sanders if he’s the Democratic nominee. Well, it wouldn’t be Bernie,” he said. When asked whether that means he would support President Trump instead, he declined to offer a specific response.
“Let’s just say I’m going to make decisions based on what’s best for my country and my state,” Manchin told Cavuto.
Worth noting: In 2016, President Trump won in West Virginia, which Manchin represents, by 40%. In the 2018 midterm elections, Manchin managed to beat his Republican rival only by 3%.
The response: Some Twitter users weren’t happy with Manchin’s comments.
— Justin Kanew (@Kanew) October 31, 2019
Let me remind you @JoeManchinWV that Bernie Sanders and his policies are overwhelming supported in your home state. Bernie won every county in 2016, and 55% of West Virginia's Democratic voters with coal workers in their households voted for Sanders.https://t.co/Q8qU72dN0r
— Brianna Westbrook (@BWestbrookAZ8) October 31, 2019
Because Joe Manchin will be fine under any administration. No one is ever gonna be stripping white men of any rights. He doesn’t give a damn about the most marginalized & struggling people in America. West Virginia – why do you allow this man to lead you? https://t.co/IeLqejTngo
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) October 31, 2019