Sen. Joe Manchin Declines 2024 Presidential Bid

Senator Manchin makes a critical decision on 2024 race

by Zain ul Abedin
Sen. Joe Manchin Declines 2024 Presidential Bid
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In a significant turn of events, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a key Democrat, announced he will not be running for the White House in 2024 as an independent. This decision, delivered at West Virginia University, quashes what might have been a formidable challenge to President Joe Biden's re-election campaign.

Manchin clarified his intentions, stating, "I will not be seeking a third-party run. I will not be involved in a presidential," and pledged his support instead to his daughter's Super PAC, "Americans Together." His focus, he elaborated, will be on fostering unity and backing a leader capable of bridging the nation's divides.

This announcement follows Manchin's decision last year not to seek re-election to the Senate, fueling rumors of a potential independent presidential bid. Over recent months, he engaged in a nationwide listening tour with "Americans Together," reaching out to the politically disenchanted and advocating for a united political center.

However, after visiting 10 states, Manchin concluded that an independent run in 2024 was not viable, though he maintained the importance of his voice in fostering sensible, moderate political discourse.

Manchin Rejects Independent Run

Manchin highlighted the systemic barriers to third-party candidacies, stating, "The system right now is not set up for [it]." He expressed his reluctance to disrupt the election dynamics, opting not to be a "deal breaker" or "spoiler." Analysts, including those from 538, had speculated that a Manchin candidacy could have diverted critical support from Biden, potentially benefiting other candidates such as Donald Trump.

Manchin's decision comes ahead of Super Tuesday, adhering to his promise to clarify his political future before this key primary juncture. The challenges of independent campaigns are stark, as illustrated by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'

s independent bid, currently limited to ballot access in only one state. Though not explicitly severing ties with the Democratic Party, Manchin's speech was not without criticism of its direction. His decision not to pursue a presidential bid underlines the complexities of third-party runs in the U.S. political framework and shapes the landscape of the upcoming 2024 election.