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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) said in a new interview that it was a “mistake” to support Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race and did not rule out endorsing President Donald Trump for reelection in 2020.
Manchin said he planned to retract his support after Clinton’s infamous remark in March 2016 that her administration would “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” However, Manchin said she and Bill Clinton pleaded with him not to withdraw his support, according to Politico.
The article goes on to state the following:
Manchin said he was swayed by Clinton’s $20 billion promise as president to help an impoverished part of the state get broadband Internet, new highways, and a hydroelectric dam.
“It was a mistake. It was a mistake politically,” Manchin said of continuing to support Clinton, saying her pledge was too good to ignore. “Is this about me? Or trying to help a part of my state that’s never recovered and is having a tough time.”
The Free Beacon also reported:
Manchin is seeking reelection to the Senate after Trump routed Clinton by more than 40 points in West Virginia in 2016. Manchin is the most conservative Democrat in the chamber and has backed Trump on such issues as tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. He also voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and CIA Director Gina Haspel when the vast majority of his Democratic colleagues opposed them.
“I’m open to supporting the person who I think is best for my country and my state,” Manchin said. “If his policies are best, I’ll be right there.”
“If it’s good for the state and it’s good for the nation, I’m going to support that person,” he added. “A lot of the policies he’s done [have] been good for the state.”
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