Manchin says Democrats ‘can’t go too far left’

Its. Joe manchinJoe Manchin Democrats Press Panic Button After Virginia Manchin Collapse Says Will Not Vote To Override Senate MP On The Money – Presented By Citi – Pelosi Plays Tough With Manchin MORE (DW.Va.) in a Thursday morning appearance on CNN’s “New Day” defended his arguments about stalled social spending and the climate package in Congress, arguing that Democrats and President BidenJoe Biden Democrats pressed panic button after Virginia Manchin collapse says he won’t vote to override Senate MP Carville blames ‘stupid awakening’ for Democratic losses MORE You will be injured if the group drifts too far to the left.

“I believe in President Biden. I still do and always will because he’s a good person, he’s here for the right reason. He really is in government for the right reason. We just have to work together. We can’t go too far to the left, ”Manchin said.

“This is not a country of the center-left or of the left, we are a country of the center in any case, a small country of the center-right, and that means that it is showing itself. And we should be able to recognize that, ”he added.

Manchin was responding to a question about Rep. Abigail spanbergerAbigail Davis Spanberger On The Trail: Revenge of the Rogue Voter Hillicon Valley – Feds Targeting Groups Critical to National Security Federal Drive to Identify and Protect Critical Groups from Hackers Gains MORE (D-Va.), Who said that Biden was chosen to “be normal and stop the chaos” and not to be another FDR, a reference to President Roosevelt and the New Deal policies of the 1930s.

The senator said he believes Biden is a moderate, adding that members of the Democratic Party are “pushing him to the left” but “that’s not Joe Biden.”

Manchin He called himself a “responsible West Virginia Democrat,” adding that he is “fiscally responsible and socially compassionate.”

He urged his party members to “come together” and “realize what can and cannot be done,” before urging them not to “basically force something that is not going to happen so that people will believe it. will do “.

Manchin’s comments come as pressure mounts on Congress to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and social spending package after Democrats experienced a trio of losses in Virginia on Tuesday, falling short on the races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

Some have attributed the Republican victories in the Old Domain to internal disagreements within the Democratic Party, which have delayed negotiations on the two packages for weeks.

The West Virginia Democrat has played a key role in those negotiations, along with his moderate colleague, the senator. Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten Sinema Advocates Express Moderate Optimism Over Democrats Drug Price Deal On The Money – Presented By Citi – Pelosi Plays Tough With Manchin Pelosi Goes Forward With Voting Without Manchin Involvement MORE (D-Ariz.). Manchin has raised concerns about the $ 1.75 trillion social spending package, urging his colleagues in the House to postpone those deliberations to first pass the bipartisan infrastructure package approved by the Senate.

Progressives, however, are demanding that the two bills pass side by side and threaten to slow down the reconciliation package if it stands alone.

Manchin defended his concerns with the social spending package Thursday morning, doubling down on his opposition to including paid family leave and Medicare expansion in the bill.

The Democratic leadership expected to hold votes on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the framework for the spending package starting this week, though with negotiations still underway, that timeline seems unlikely.

Manchin said Thursday that he has not spoken to Biden since before the president left for his trip to Europe last week, but said he hopes to continue talks with him soon.

“We will talk, I’m sure, again,” Manchin said.

This story was updated at 9:31 a.m. M.

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