Sen. Joe Manchin left open the possibility of voting for President Trump if surging 2020 Democratic candidates don’t shift their rhetoric to the political center.
Manchin is seen as one of the most centrist Democrats in Congress and represents a state that backed Trump by more than 10 points in 2016. He has voted with the president on legislation 53% of the time, according toFiveThirtyEight.
“Well, you know, we’d have to see where we are at that time. Sanders, I can tell you one thing, he’s got a good heart, and he wants to do the right thing,” the West Virginia Democrat told CNN on Monday when asked if he would “support Sanders over Trump if it came down to that.”
“His solution for fixing it might not be palatable, might not be something doable. I’ll have to see,” he continued. “Who knows? Bernie might change and moderate just a little bit from now to then.”