Joe Manchin: In An Election Contest Between Sanders And Trump, I’ll Pick Trump
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin recently told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that he would back President Donald Trump if the 2020 election came down to the president or Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.
According to The Hill, the West Virginia lawmaker said he would “absolutely not” support Sanders, describing the Vermont senator’s political agenda as “not practical where I come from.”
Asked which candidate would get his vote if Sanders was on the ballot next year, Manchin said: "Well, it wouldn’t be Bernie.”
Pressed further on the issue, the lawmaker suggested he would vote for Trump in such a scenario. “Let’s just say I’m going to make decisions based on what’s best for my country and my state,” Manchin said.
He also criticized Sanders’ Medicare For All plan, saying from a financial standpoint, it simply is not tenable.
“Bernie keeps saying ‘Medicare for All,’” Manchin said. “I said, 'Bernie we can’t even pay for Medicare for some.'”
Trump won West Virginia by 40 percentage points in 2016, The Hill noted.