With the outcome of two U.S. Senate runoff elections in the state of Georgia, the Democratic Party still has a slim chance of ending up with control of the chamber.
Even if the result makes things too close for comfort among the GOP, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) recently sought to ease those concerns — at least when it comes to two hot-button issues, as reported by Breitbart.
“I commit to all of your viewers”
The moderate Democrat made his position clear during a recent Fox News Channel appearance that he is not interested in playing ball with his party’s far-left faction.
Should the Senate end up in an even 50-50 partisan split, presumptive Vice President Kamala Harris would serve as the tie-breaker on votes that fell along party lines.
When it comes to progressive proposals such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, however, Democratic Party leaders are going to have a tough time convincing Manchin to fall in line.
“I commit to you tonight, and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that’s watching, I want to allay those fears, I want to rest those fears for you right now,” he told anchor Bret Baier in reference to concerns about a radical agenda gaining traction in the Senate.
Manchin went even further by vowing to fight against his own party should members decide to deploy a strategy to pack the U.S. Supreme Court with additional justices or end the filibuster.
“Packing the courts or ending the filibuster”
“Because when they talk about, whether it be packing the courts or ending the filibuster, I will not vote to do that,” he clarified. “I will not vote to pack the courts.”
The senator acknowledged that such progressive policies might be popular in some circles but asserted that it is not what a majority of American voters are looking to Congress to provide.
“I don’t know of any of the Democrats in the caucus that are for defunding the police,” he said. “We’re not for that whatsoever. And when they talk about basically, Medicare for all, we can’t even pay for Medicare for some. It doesn’t make any sense at all.”
Of course, his reassurances were not enough to convince some prominent Republicans in the Senate, including Ted Cruz of Texas. During a recent radio interview, he declared that Manchin is “a perfectly nice guy” but dismissed the notion that he or anyone else on his side of the aisle would stand up to Democratic Party leaders.
Cruz said: “None of the Democrats have the strength to stand up to Chuck Schumer. … It is one, single, stated collective, and if they get a majority, they will use their power. It’s why Georgia matters so much.”