Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, has not ruled out the possibility of launching a last-minute race as a third-party candidate for the 2024 presidential election. However, he emphasized that decisions regarding such attempts should wait until after the Super Tuesday elections on March 5.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Manchin stated, “For any third-party attempt, it would define itself by, let’s say, Super Tuesday. We’ll just see where we are at that point in time. Right now, both parties seem to have a hard time with the candidates… I think you start looking after Super Tuesday to find out what the lay of the land is going to be. A lot can change in the next two months. So let’s wait and see.”
While leaving the door open to a third-party run, Manchin insisted that he has never been a spoiler and would only run to win the race. He expressed a commitment to the country, saying, “To be a spoiler for the sake of throwing the election one way or the other, I would never do.”
During an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Manchin criticized President Joe Biden but clarified that he would never vote for former President Donald Trump. He stated, “I love my country too much to vote for Donald Trump. I think it would be very detrimental to my country. I want to make sure that people have a choice.”
Manchin also expressed the need for options and change, indicating that he is waiting to see the political landscape on Super Tuesday before making any decisions about a potential third-party candidacy.
“I’m going to do everything I can to save my country,” Manchin said, emphasizing the importance of finding a candidate who can lead the country back to a “common-sense, sensible middle.”
Manchin’s recent visit to New Hampshire is part of what he calls a national listening tour, engaging with voters less than two weeks before the state’s primary elections. Additionally, he highlighted the crisis at the border as a significant challenge facing the United States and urged stronger border security measures.
“The crisis at the border is the greatest crisis we face in America, the dangerous crisis that we’re facing now,” Manchin said. “I believe very strongly that the border needs to be secured… close it down.”