Manchin’s announcement that he will not seek reelection to the Senate in 2024 earlier this month has sparked speculation that the Democrat might run for president, either challenging Biden for the Democratic nomination or running as a third-party candidate. In addition, Manchin has previously attended events hosted by No Labels, a centrist political group that has reportedly mulled running a moderate candidate to challenge the eventual Democratic and Republican candidates. Political observers, meanwhile, have also long viewed Manchin, a centrist who often bucked his party on key legislation, as a potential No Labels contender.
While speaking on Sunday’s edition of WABC 77 AM’s The Cats Roundtable with John Catsimatidis, Manchin leaned into his view as a centrist as he discussed his decision to not run for reelection, stating that the politics in Washington, D.C., has become divided even further and he plans to instead “mobilize the radical middle.”
“Washington is divided and wants you and I and the rest of America to be divided because it is a better business model for them. I came to the conclusion I’m not going to change it within so I’ve decided to go around and see if I can mobilize the radical middle,” Manchin said.
The senator then criticized Biden for being pulled to the “extreme left.”
“Joe Biden has been pulled so far to the left, the extreme left as far as liberal. Makes no sense at all, not the person we thought was going to bring the country together. So we are in a heck of a mess here, we’ve got to bring people together and have got to demand more responsibility for uniting our country,” Manchin added.
Manchin also took aim at former President Donald Trump, who is the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, noting that he is the extreme right example.