Joe Manchin hits back at Bernie Sanders says he’s not what ‘the majority of Americans represent’

  • Joe Manchin fired back at Bernie Sanders after Sanders suggested Manchin could face a primary challenger.
  • The two senators are both in the Democratic leadership, but they have an increasingly strained relationship.
  • Manchin has been criticized for his stance on filibuster and Build Back Better.

Sen. Joe Manchin slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday after the former presidential candidate and Vermont senator thought Manchin might face a primary challenge after voting against the party’s efforts to weaken the Senate filibuster .

“Well, Senator Sanders is not a Democrat,” Manchin told Newsy’s Nathaniel Reed back in West Virginia, pointing out that Sanders is a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist. Manchin said Sanders’ ideology is “not what I think the majority of Americans represent.”

Manchin and Sanders are both members of the Democratic Senate leadership. But they have an increasingly frosty relationship due to their differing views on how to advance Biden’s economic agenda and voting rights.

“They forced us to have five months of talks that came to nothing. I think it’s up to people in their own states to decide,” Sanders told reporters last week when asked about his ‘he would support a main challenge in Manchin, HuffPo reported.

Manchin told Newsy he would accept a main challenge. The successor to a dominant West Virginia family and a former governor, Manchin easily knocked out previous major challengers. He won his 2018 primary in nearly 40 percentage points.

“I’ve always had primary challenges. I’ve been racing since 1982,” Manchin said. “And I’ve never run…a race where there wasn’t a primary. So that’s nothing new to me.”

Sanders, who is an independent who caucus with Senate Democrats and has twice run for the Democratic presidential nomination, backed an effort to make an exception to the Senate’s filibuster to pass right to vote legislation. vote. Manchin said he supports the legislation itself, but he and Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have remained fiercely opposed to any effort to weaken the filibuster.

Manchin also inflicted a significant setback on Biden’s agenda in December when he said he could not support the president’s climate and spending plan, known as “Build Back Better.” Sanders has repeatedly lobbied for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to hold a vote on the proposal in its current form. even in case of failure.

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