West Virginia’s Democratic senator, Jo Manchin, was on CBS Face the Nation earlier today. Among other questions, he was asked about his own personal aspirations and whether he would endorse Biden:
Earlier this week
On Social Security
The senator said that he was open to cutting Social Security for younger workers:
In a USA Today report, Manchin’s spokesperson, Sam Runyon, reiterated the senator's point:
”Manchin made it clear he's not willing to cut benefits for the millions of Americans who now depend on the entitlement programs. But he questioned whether there was a smarter, more affordable way to ensure retirement funds for younger Americans.”
So younger Americans would contribute but they might not get the same benefits?
On the train derailment
Manchin blamed Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg:
On whether he consider himself a Democrat
Last Sunday, Manchin refused to identify as such:
Lots of possibilities
Is Manchin going to:
- run for senate?
- run for governor?
- switch parities?
I have no idea. What I do know is that for some Democrats such as myself, Manchin will certainly test the old “vote for the lesser evil” justification if he runs for Senate.