(AmericanProsperity.com) – The 2024 presidential election currently has one lone confirmed candidate, Donald Trump, with even the current commander-in-chief remaining tight-lipped about his potential plans. Rumors have surfaced that other politicians are considering bids, one being Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). The West Virginia lawmaker hasn’t confirmed whether he’s running, but his recent statements have kept speculation alive that he’s considering the leap.
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Chatter over Manchin’s possible plans began after his January 22 interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” during which host Chuck Todd asked the senator whether he would go on a third-party ticket if he ran for president. Manchin told the host he hadn’t yet decided on his political direction for 2024, although he did note that “everything is on the table.” Except for a gubernatorial bid — Manchin said he’d already “done that.”
Manchin’s vague forward momentum gained new traction on February 7, when he told reporters, as penned by The Hill, “I don’t like the direction we’re going.” The senator noted the American people needed leaders who could make good on promises to patch the country’s gaping divide — something Biden has so far failed to do. While he wasn’t willing to confirm he was the right person for the job, the West Virginia senator quickly reminded listeners about his experience in Washington, DC, and his willingness to work on bipartisan efforts.
Manchin isn’t the only possible candidate currently circulating in the rumor mill. Pundits expect Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) to announce his presidential bid in the spring or summer of 2023, according to AP News. Former US ambassador to the UN and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) plans to put her name in the running for a nomination on February 15. Other potential opponents could include Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), former Vice President Mike Pence (R), and ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Still, contenders will surely step forward as the primaries draw even nearer.
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