Manchin calls the election results a “wake-up call”; reacts to impact on Biden’s agenda

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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.

hotel in Chantilly, Virginia, United States, November 3, 2021. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY”/>

Virginia Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin speaks at his election night at a hotel in Chantilly, Virginia, United States, November 3, 2021. REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

“I just saw it to confirm that we have a divided country… I hope it’s a wake-up call for all of us,” 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. “Why 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.

Representatives of the United States;  Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) hold a press conference after Democrats in the US Congress decide to officially condemn President Donald Trump's attacks on four minority women congressmen on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA on July 15, 2019. REUTERS / Erin Scott

Representatives of the United States; Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) hold a press conference after Democrats in the US Congress decide to officially condemn President Donald Trump’s attacks on four minority women congressmen on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA on July 15, 2019. REUTERS / Erin Scott

“I’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.

FILE PHOTO: US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participates in a chat with billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein, president of the Economic Club of Washington, in Washington, United States, October 26, 2021. REUTERS / Leah Millis / File Photo

FILE PHOTO: US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participates in a chat with billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein, president of the Economic Club of Washington, in Washington, United States, October 26, 2021. REUTERS / Leah Millis / File Photo

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“It’s a shame when we start this war of words… 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.”


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