Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto he wouldn’t support a Bernie Sanders presidency, even if Sanders were the nominee against Trump.
“What if he were your nominee for President and it’s him versus Donald Trump. Who do you vote for?” Cavuto asked.
“Well, it wouldn’t be Bernie,” Manchin said.
Joe Manchin says he “absolutely will not” support Bernie Sanders’ agenda, says he won’t vote for him vs. Trump, and refuses to rule out voting for Trump pic.twitter.com/7YIds0bI5j
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Manchin says he doesn’t support Sanders agenda at all, particularly Sanders’s “Medicare for All” plan.
“It’s not practical where I come from. Bernie keeps saying ‘Medicare for All,’ I said Bernie, we can’t even pay for Medicare for some,” Manchin said. “I says [sic] the trust fund is gonna go broke by 2026. And these are people that paid into it and earned it.”
On Oct. 29, Sanders was interviewed by CNBC News. The interviewer, John Harwood, asked Sanders how he would work with moderate Senators like Manchin and John Tester, D-Mon., to earn their support.
“But even if you get elected, even if it’s successful to the point that Democrats win a small majority in the Senate, is Joe Manchin going to vote for your program? Is Jon Tester going to vote for your program?” Harwood asked.
“Yeah. Damn right they will,” Sanders said.
It is difficult to see how Sander’s radical would win over moderate voters or politicians, and Manchin is a prime example. The idea that a Democrat would vote for one the most polarizing Republican presidents in American history, over a long-time progressive, should be a huge warning sign for the Democratic party.