West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin spoke to Fox News’ Bret Baier in a “special report” on Wednesday about the implications of the Virginia governor’s election as well as the tight race in New Jersey.
Republican Glenn Youngkin has beaten former incumbent Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe neck and neck election widely regarded as a referendum on the policies of President Joe Biden. In New Jersey, Democratic Governor Phil Murphy is expected to narrowly win against Republican Jack Ciattarelli.
âI just saw it to confirm that we have a divided countryâ¦ I hope it’s a wake-up call for all of us,â Manchin said. “I’m worried. I talked about our debt, I talked about inflation, [and] I talked about the [economic] fallout that we can have [from the spending bills]. “
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Democrats should pay more attention to the immediate needs of the American people, such as rising gas and infrastructure prices, according to Manchin. âWhy don’t we do more drilling and why don’t we do more production mainly in the United States? I don’t depend on OPEC. I don’t depend on other countries for energy anymore. We know. how to do it. We have the technology. We should rely on ourselves. “
Baier asked if the Democratic Party had left Manchin, who is generally considered a moderate.
âI’m a Democrat from West Virginia, but I don’t know. I don’t know where I belong sometimes, but I believe I’m financially responsible and socially compassionate. And you know what? I have a lot of Democrats who feel the same as me. I have a lot of Republicans who feel the same as me. “
Manchin added that he respectfully disagrees with the guiding philosophy of the progressive Democratic wing.
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âIt’s a shame when we start this war of wordsâ¦ We can have a difference of opinion – the rhetoric here has become so harsh and toxic that you can’t accept to disagree anymore. sit down and say, ‘OK, I don’t agree with you.’
“What scares me, I don’t hear people say, ‘This is good for our country. “It’s more or less on both sides – It’s better for my party, it’s better for the 2022 elections.”