Dem Sen. Manchin blasts Biden for not pursuing bipartisan deal with GOP

Throughout the presidential election cycle, President Joe Biden maintained a rhetorical focus on bipartisanship and unity, even making it a central theme of his inaugural address last month.

Nevertheless, his administration has launched on a decidedly partisan foot — and at least one member of his party is calling him out on it. According to Breitbart, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) bucked the Democratic Party establishment and called out Biden for not doing more to reach across the aisle and find areas of agreement with the GOP.

“They didn’t do that”

Manchin, a moderate, made his surprising remarks in an apparent response to the manner in which the White House has seemingly given up on bipartisan negotiations over the terms of another round of COVID-19 relief.

Instead of compromise, Biden and other prominent Democrats have insisted that they do not need Republican support to push through a massive $1.9 trillion spending package his administration has proposed. As Politico reported, Manchin blamed the president’s advisers for leading the president in the wrong direction.

“We should have found something that we could have voted on bipartisan first and then gone down this lane when we hit a roadblock, and they didn’t do that,” he said.

The centrist senator representing a solidly Republican state added: “If we go off the rails and there’s no bipartisan [work], you ain’t coming back for two years. … We can get a trillion-dollar, bipartisan deal tonight.”

Manchin’s remarks reportedly came during a private discussion on Thursday for the Bipartisan Policy Center, which was intended to find some areas of common ground on issues including climate change without destroying the economy or U.S. jobs in the process.

“Two-party buy-in”

He argued that the highly partisan COVID-19 relief process being forced through Congress would only make it more difficult to find agreement on issues like the pursuit of renewable energy sources.

The West Virginia Democrat also suggested that there would likely be sufficient GOP support for measures to address climate change if his party placed more emphasis on incentivizing a shift toward renewable energy rather than penalizing individuals and industries still relying on fossil fuels.

Prior to Manchin’s remarks, columnist John Podhoretz wrote in the New York Post that it would work to the benefit of Biden and the Democratic Party — in multiple ways — if progressives acted in a more bipartisan fashion.

He explained that the president “would be able to claim he had gotten two-party buy-in on a major piece of legislation for the first time since the Iraq War” while notching a “big legislative victory” in the first weeks of his term. Furthermore, Podhoretz argued that Biden “would deepen and exacerbate the civil war in the Republican Party, as the Trump wing would launch an all-out war with the ‘RINO squishes’ who decided to ‘cave'” to the president.

Regardless of the potential benefits to his administration, not to mention the entire country, Biden is showing few signs that he is interested in pursuing the type of unifying positions on which he campaigned.

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      1. Better he remains a Democrat to help bring reason back to a failing ideology that has gone very far astray thanks to the likes of Pelosi and Schumer, to mention but two flies in the ointment.

    1. “”According to Breitbart, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) bucked the Democratic Party establishment and called out Biden for not doing more to reach across the aisle and find areas of agreement with the GOP.””
      this manchin is obviously a confirmed TRAITOR to the American people and must be put in prison in Cuba for all eternity.

  1. Biden doesn’t know anything that is happening around him. He signs EO and I will guarantee you he doesn’t have a glue what they are. How can a person with dementia even run for President? This is all so insane.

    1. Biden is a president in name only, whoever is calling the shots for him wasn’t voted for by the people, but then again Biden wasn’t voted to be president by the people, Trump was.

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  3. Biden is a disaster! I doubt very much if he is calling the shots. This guy has slowed considerably and it’s just a matter of time when even his slime msm will get very nervous and have to speak out.
    Oh, and I should add he is a illegitimate president. When someone cheats they must pick up their blocks and go home….and return the trophy!

  4. Biden is just a talking puppet for the DNC, they don’t want jobs! The don’t want a strong economy. They want people depending on the government! The people are much easier to control when they need the government.

  5. He didn’t even campaign that much, so how can you say his campaign lmao, he only had about maybe even 10 people at his campaigns! He is sleepy Joe where he stayed in his basment and that’s where he belongs now!

  6. Joe Biden doesn’t even know what day it is! His handlers are calling all the shots and he’s just a puppet!

  7. We need to have a recall and have him removed because he is an Illegitimate
    President anyway. When you watch Mike LindellS “ABSOLUTE TRUTH”
    Then you can and will understand why
    He is an Illegitimate President.

    1. Hoping all the proof Lindell has is presented to the Supreme Court so that the world will know that Trump won the election by nine million votes and he can take his rightful place as president.

  8. Both Biden and Harris need to be impeached completely out of our government. The senate and congress need to be cleaned out of all the ones who and won’t work for the American people like they are elected to do.

    1. You are so right but the problem is, is that WE THE PEOPLE have no real say in anything anymore. We all know that Trump won the election and yet we have a mentally declining idiot in the WH and he is running our country into the ground. Honestly, what the hell can we really do and not end up in prison or dead?

  9. Now that we have proof that the election was stolen. When are we going to get rid of this illegal imposter?! We need Trump in his rightful place as President, now!

  10. This is President Obama‘s third term. Biden doesn’t even want to talk to Netanyahu in Israel, just the Palestinians. They’re gonna throw Israel under the bus again like Kerry did with Obama the first time. If they aren’t careful their going to start a nuclear war.

    1. Yes Randie, those mentally challenged liberals don’t really know that this is Obama’s third term. He’s calling all the shots. We need to find a way to impeach Biden and Harris. Neither one are for America as our country. They are die hard communists and couldn’t care less for the American citizens.

  11. Not only Biden/Harris but Obama too for his treasonous spying on President Trump!
    I have respect for Joe Manchin and Tulsi Gabbard. They would have made a good Democratic party team.
    President Trump is our rightful president not China Joe.
    Oh hated to see him reading his message at the beginning of the Superbowl. Go back in your basement you demented old man!

  12. Demand a complete Medical report on Biden! All Presidents are subject to such a request, why is he different? He never intended to work toward Unity! He lied!

    1. Biden and his corrupt family and friends
      Are dirt bags. One day they will have to pay the piper! God is watching. 🙏🏻✝️🇺🇸

  13. President Trump was really getting our nation back to normalcy until the swamp figured out how they can stop getting HIM out of the way!
    The China coronavirus was introduced and bingo our western government which includes Europe was attacked. China and the elitist of our government is occupying our Whitehouse. Whether you believe me or not this is what’s going on. There is no way Biden won the election…. Just figure out for yourselves as you notice the administration Biden has chosen? Looks like Obama really is having a third term!

  14. God help us. How did this happen? Because the truth is not told or shared. Woe Betide those who spread slander and propaganda against truth. The media and Big Tech control the news and choose to represent falsehoods as facts – Woe Betide! Biden is not our elected president – please tell the truth!

  15. BIDEN HAS NOOOOO IDEA HOW TO RUN A COUNTRY. GUESS HE THINKS 47 YEARS AS A PUPPET MAKES HIM SMART. BESIDES HE COUNTS ON OBAMA TO TELL HIM WHAT TO DO, EVEN SO OBAMA IS A HUGE FAILURE IN THAT RESPECT, ALL HE DID WAS DIVIDE OUR COUNTRY. SO 2 FOOLS ARE OUT TO SELL US OUT TO CHINA. PLUS TRUMP WAS THE BEST OF THE BEST, NO WAR FOR HIM, BUT BIDEN THE SENILE ONE IS ITCHING FOR WAR.LET US HOPE OUR SOLDIERS ARE SAVE AT HOME.FOR US TRUMP WILL BE THE PRESIDENT OF CHOICE…..

  16. China biden, Fascist harris and the entire pelozi Communist party want nothing to do with unity. They are doing what China is telling them what to do. Devastation to the nation and world wide feedom is now at stake.
    As long as they have power they will continue to destroy. Flush the American Worker, sending it all to China like the obamanation days.

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