Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Sunday he would not support former President Trump despite having concerns about his own party’s leadership.
“Constructive criticism. Let me make very clear: I love my country too much to vote for Donald Trump. I love my country too much, and I think [it] would be very detrimental to my country,” Manchin said when asked about his criticism of President Biden on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.”
Manchin said he will have a better understanding of the 2024 presidential race by the time Super Tuesday rolls around, including whether there is an opportunity for a third-party candidate to make a run.
“I think we’ll find out, you’ll just have to find out what’s going on,” Manchin said. “If there’s a movement … for third party, I think is what you’re asking about. Can that movement, make a difference?”
“I’m not going to be a spoiler, never have been and never will be. But people want options, or they want change. So you got to see what comes, and by then I think things will hopefully sort itself out,” he said.
When pressed on whether he would consider making a bid for the White House, Manchin did not rule it out.
“I’m gonna do everything I can to save my country, and I’ll do whatever it takes. I’ll help whoever and I’ll support whoever that I think can best help this country. Come back to this common sense, sensible middle, which is center-left, center-right, working together with a majority. You can’t govern from extremes,” Manchin said.