WASHINGTON (Michigan News Source) – With President Biden’s poll numbers dropping fast and a dislike for former President Trump, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin looks poised to run for president as a third-party candidate. He’s been courted by the group, No Labels, and has announced that he won’t be running for re-election as a senator in West Virginia again.

Manchin has said about Trump, “I’m totally, absolutely scared to death that Donald Trump would become president again.’ About Biden, Manchin says, “I’m afraid that Joe Biden’s been pushed too far to the left.”

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Talking to NBC’s Kristen Welker of “Meet the Press” recently, when asked if he’s considering running for president, Manchin said, “I will do anything I can to help my country, and you’re saying ‘Does that mean you would consider it?’ Absolutely. Every American should consider it if they’re in a position to help save the country.”

Many Democrats in the senate aren’t behind Manchin’s possible presidential run, however, including Michigan’s soon-to-be-retiring Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow who The Hill reported as saying, “I think it would be very, very unfortunate if Joe Manchin decided to do that.” She continued, “I know he’s a supporter of President Biden and has been an important person here in the U.S. Senate in terms of getting things done…And he knows that if he were to step in that it would make it much more likely Donald Trump would be president again and I know Joe Manchin doesn’t want that.”

This isn’t the first time that Stabenow has been critical of Manchin. In the book “Peril” written by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Stabenow wasn’t too happy with the fact that Manchin didn’t want to vote for Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief plan that would have increased and extended unemployment checks. She told him, “The reality is you’ve got a whole bunch of colleagues right down the hall who are pretty upset with you…Do you realize that?” She went on to tell him they aren’t a caucus of one, they’re a caucus of 50 and have to find a way to “come together.”

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When Manchin explained to Stabenow that he was worried that people would take the unemployment benefits instead of returning to work, Stabenow told him that “nothing’s perfect” and called Manchin “selfish.”

Other senators, in addition to Stabenow, aren’t happy about Manchin’s possible plans to run as a third- party candidate in the 2024 presidential election either. Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told The Hill, “My reaction is disappointment, deep disappointment…At his core I think Joe Manchin is a Democrat and believes in Democratic values and principles…I’m deeply disappointed that he is still even talking about a possible run that would undermine Joe Biden.”

Manchin doesn’t seem deterred by his colleagues’ disappointment however. He said in a recent interview with the Cats Roundtable radio show, ‘I’m an American first, I’m West Virginian second, and I’m the most independent, centrist, moderate Democrat, you’ve ever seen…A lot of my friends are the most centrist, moderate, independent Republicans you’ve ever seen…And we’ve just had enough. We’re going to see if we can make something happen. Work together. Put the country first. Forget about the parties.”