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Manchin: Biden Has Been Pushed to ‘Too Far Left’ Positions He Doesn’t Believe by His Staff

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During an interview on MSNBC, Senator Joe Manchin criticized President Joe Biden’s policy moves to the left.

While Manchin said he could not endorse Donald Trump, he expressed a desire for Biden to return to the style of politics he practiced while campaigning in 2020 of bringing people together to reach deals.

Manchin argued that Biden’s staff has pushed him too far to the left and that is not where Biden needs to be or where he is internally.

Biden’s “staff has taken him too far left. I don’t believe that’s where he needs to be. I don’t believe that’s where he is internally, never has been, and I’d love to see him come back to that,” Manchin said.

The senator stated he wants Biden to return to always working deals and uniting people as Manchin has known him to do for a long time.

Though Manchin said he will continue trying to help Biden in this regard, he remained noncommittal about the president’s prospects, saying only that they will have to wait and see how things go.

“On the other hand, they’ve asked me about my friend Joe Biden, who I’ve known for a long time. And I want Joe Biden to be the Joe Biden I’ve known forever, okay. Always working a deal, always wanting to bring people together, which is how he campaigned in 2020. I think his staff has taken him too far left,” he said.

“I don’t believe that’s where he needs to be. I don’t believe that’s where he is internally, never has been, and I’d love to see him come back to that. So, I am still working hard, trying to see if I can help a little bit there.”

Manchin said he’s “never sat on the sidelines. So, we’ll have to just wait and see how it goes.”

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