‘I’ve never been a liberal’: Joe Manchin announces he will support less than half of Biden’s agenda
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat from West Virginia, under fire from many elected Democrats and Democratic voters, pushed back on Thursday, proudly declaring he's no liberal – and announcing his top-dollar limit on President Joe Biden's social spending bill, the Build Back Better Act.
"I've never been a liberal," Manchin told reporters when pressed on his positions on President Biden's $3.5 trillion social programs legislation.
Manchin says his top-dollar limit is a mere $1.5 trillion.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): "I've never been a liberal in any way, shape, or form," so if progressives want a bigger r… https://t.co/O3fBFnbLBR— The Recount (@The Recount) 1633020467.0
Joe Manchin is saying we should take his $1.5T bottom line and take the rest to the ballot box in the midterms. He… https://t.co/fDerNuw7ZL— Sawyer Hackett (@Sawyer Hackett) 1633019238.0
Instead, Manchin announced he's willing to support less than half of the Biden agenda:
Former Clinton White House press secretary weighs in:
It’s amazing how closely Manchin’s comments track with Republican talking points. Inflation, he compromised going f… https://t.co/rOyQkAY6AN— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart) 1633019165.0
National Journal's Zach C. Cohen posted this very telling image of the scrum of reporters surrounding the West Virginia Senator.
On a pivotal day for the Democratic agenda, Sen. Joe Manchin gaggles with the press outside the Capitol. https://t.co/7xIuMryXES— Zach C. Cohen (@Zach C. Cohen) 1633018765.0
Protesters chanting “hey Joe, we had a deal” as Manchin’s presser begins: https://t.co/Xg6aBXw4XX— Andrew Solender (@Andrew Solender) 1633018681.0
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