Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has aroused rumors that he might leave the Democratic Party before the 2024 election, following recent remarks about having a tight relationship with “No Labels.”
The Democrat senator emphasized his affiliation with No Labels, a political organization that has been working to enable all 50 states to vote on a third-party presidential contender, as well as the prospect of a national candidacy.
“I’ve been a No Labels member since Dec. of 2010. It’s the only kind of game in town that seeks to draw folks together and encourage Republicans and Democrats to collaborate,” Manchin told the Hill.
When asked if he would consider running on the No Labels ticket across the country, Manchin said, “Many individuals are starving and starving to work together.” He went on to say that voters are tired of “this continual, everyday cycle of everyone being against everyone with everybody fighting and complaining…Let us cooperate for the sake of the country and get something done.”
Manchin, a moderate senator running for reelection within a deep red state, has kept his preparations for the 2024 election near to the vest for quite some time. This has sparked discussion about whether he will compete for reelection in the United States Senate, run for president, or run as a Dem. at all.
Despite keeping people guessing, the West Virginia Senate campaign has already heated up, with Governor Jim Justice (R-WV) entering the race last week and Representative Alex Mooney (R-WV) on the side of Republicans vying to replace Manchin.
Shortly after Justice’s announcement, Manchin issued a statement asserting that he is “laser-focused on completing the job that West Virginians elected me to accomplish” and that he “will win whichever race” he joins.
Manchin told NBC’s Meet the Press last month that he would not make a choice “until the conclusion of the year” because his filing time frame is not until around the middle of Jan. next year. However, the most recent time he ran for another term, he did not declare his intention to run until January 23, 2018, four weeks after the election year began.