Joe Manchin Declares He Will Not Seek Presidency

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Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced on Friday that he has decided against running for president, ending months of speculation about a potential bid that could have significantly impacted the 2024 campaign.

In a speech, Manchin stated, “I will not be seeking a third-party run. I will not be involved in a presidential run.” He emphasized his commitment to ensuring that the next president is someone with the knowledge, passion, and ability to unite the country.

While Manchin acknowledged that a third-party candidacy could be viable in the future, he deemed it “very challenging” for this election cycle. He expressed a desire not to be a “deal-breaker” or a “spoiler” in the presidential race.

Joe Manchin (Credits: Semafor)

“I just don’t think it’s the right time,” Manchin explained. “We’re on a real teetering situation here that could go either way. Democracy is at stake right now.”

Last November, Manchin announced that he would not seek re-election to his Senate seat this year, leading to speculation that he might enter the presidential race as an independent or third-party candidate.

Many Democrats were concerned that a Manchin candidacy could siphon votes away from President Joe Biden, potentially benefiting former President Donald Trump, the leading candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination, in a general election.

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