CJR Staff
May 14, 2023

Election Update: Potential Joe Manchin Third-Party Bid

A columnist from the Washington Post shared his thoughts about a potential third party presidential bid, and it is very interesting.

According to George Will of the Washington Post, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia "clearly has thought about the challenges of a third party presidential bid."

"The two-term incumbent faces a tough reelection bid — if he decides such an avenue — in deep red West Virginia," reports Breitbart News. "He would likely face well-liked Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV), who announced his candidacy last month and led Manchin by 14 points in a recent poll, or five-term Rep Alex Mooney (R-WV)."

Will Macho Manchin Do it?

According to Will, Manchin is facing an uphill battle in his state, so he might forego that contest for "an even more challenging campaign."

"Manchin is a short-term pessimist but a long-term optimist: Both parties are, he thinks, too risk-averse to address the nation’s rapidly worsening fiscal precariousness, but dramatic improvements can come from policies that are straightforward. For example, quickly do everything — build barriers, send troops, whatever — to secure the southern border, thereby making possible rational immigration policies that will enlarge the workforce to sustain the entitlement programs," Will wrote.

"When Manchin played football he was a quarterback, and he still has an executive’s signal-calling temperament. He will not choose his future path — a reelection campaign, or an even more challenging campaign — until the end of the year. Then he could, in football parlance, call a consequential audible," Will added.

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