Joe Manchin mocks decision on third-party presidential bid in 2024

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin teased a potential 2024 presidential run during a multi-day tour of the mountain state this week.

“The two-party system, unless it changes, will be the ruin of our country,” Manchin said in Charleston while touring a metal stamping plant. “I’m having a hard time, I really am.”

Manchin has publicly teased a possible presidential run as part of the third-party “No Labels” bid in 2024.

Democrats have loudly urged him to oppose the idea, fearing such a candidacy would take votes away from President Biden.

Manchin told reporters in West Virginia that he was “getting closer” to a decision by 2024, although he declined to go into details and repeated his oft-stated position that he would resolve it before the end of the year.

National Democrats would much prefer Manchin to run for re-election in West Virginia, keeping a critical seat blue as they seek to protect their majority from what experts predict will be a painful primary cycle.

“People need to wake up. It’s going to be a very discouraging Senate map for Democrats. No one can argue with that,” veteran Democratic political consultant James Carville told the Post. “It’s a bad year.”

Senator Joe Manchin has been publicly teasing a third-party presidential campaign in 2024.Senator Joe Manchin has been publicly teasing a third-party presidential campaign in 2024.Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/Shutterstock

Democrats would prefer Manchin run for re-election to the Senate from West Virginia. Democrats would much prefer Manchin to run for re-election to the Senate in West Virginia. AP

Manchin, a Democratic senator in one of the most conservative states in the union, had long had to walk a tightrope between his red meat voters and his considerably more progressive Senate colleagues.

West Virginia backed former President Trump over President Biden with more than 68% of the vote in 2020.

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While he has outperformed Republicans in the state before, the GOP has vowed to take back the seat for good in the next cycle and Manchin will likely face a stiff challenge from the state’s popular governor, Jim Justice.

With pole cables

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