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WVa Sen. Manchin: 'Don't Care If I Get Elected'

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

By    |   Monday, 07 Aug 2017 04:10 PM

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., dismissed his critics who called for him to adhere more to Democratic policies in his campaign, saying Monday he does not "care" about reelection.

"Don't care if I get elected, don't care if I get defeated, how about that," he told The Charleston Gazette-Mail, after using an expletive to express the same sentiment. "If they think because I'm up for election, that I can be wrangled into voting for [things] that I don't like and can't explain, they're all crazy."

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice publicly jumped ship from the Democratic Party, joining the GOP at a campaign rally hosted by President Donald Trump last week. Manchin's opponent for his Senate seat, Patrick Morrisey, called on Manchin to resign from the party leadership, saying he does not represent his constituents, who largely voted for Trump.

Manchin added, "I'm not scared of an election, let's put it that way. Elections do not bother me or scare me. I'm going to continue to do the same thing I've always done, extremely independent."

The senator notably refused to sign a letter that solidified the Democratic Party's position on tax reform, saying he agreed with the platform but wanted more bipartisan involvement. He refuted the idea Morrisey's attack, which noted his refusal to sign the letter, influenced his decision.

"The bottom line is, if it doesn't help West Virginia, it doesn't make sense to me, and just because there's an election doesn't mean I sign on or don't sign on," he said. "If you look at all the time I've been here, there's stuff I don't sign on to. I just don't think it's a good way to do business when you don't try to get people from the front end."

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., dismissed his critics who called for him to adhere more to Democratic policies in his campaign, saying Monday he does not "care" about reelection.
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