Sen. Joe Manchin is pledging to block major progressive legislative goals if Democrats retake the Senate.
Speaking to Fox News’ “Special Report” Monday, Manchin (D-WV) made the promise while discussing the future of the upper house of Congress, and how the 100-member body was facing a down-the-middle split between Democrats and Republicans.
If Democrats are successful in their two Senate runoff races in Georgia in January, bills in the Senate could be moved by a single vote.
“50-50 [control] means that if one senator does not vote on the Democratic side, there is no tie and there is no bill,” the West Virginia Democrat said.
“I commit to tonight and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that’s watching, I want to allay those fears, I want to rest those fears for you right now because when they talk about, whether it be packing the courts or ending the filibuster, I will not vote to do that,” he continued.
Manchin, a moderate swing vote in the Senate, added that while he did not know whether there would even be any considerable Democratic support for defunding the police or other progressive issues, he believed Republicans were willing to come to the table to address problems with Obamacare.
“I’m a proud moderate conservative Democrat. Maybe there’s not many of us left but I can tell you what this country wants is moderation,” he said.
“Whatever the message was, it was wrong for this many people to be split,” he continued, adding that Democrats’ messaging scared “the bejeezus out of people.”
The red-state Democrat added that the “Green New Deal” and “all this socialism” was “not who we are as a Democratic Party.”
“We’ve been tagged if you’ve got a D by your name you must be for all the crazy stuff and I’m not,” he remarked.
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