Would Back Reelection of Dem-Turned-Indy Sinema

West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday that he would back Democrat-turned-Independent Sen. Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for 2024 reelection.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., right, holds the door open for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., left, after they attended a Democratic policy luncheon, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

At a glance

  • If Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego competes as expected for the seat next year, Manchin would be backing a candidate not in his party.
  • Machnin cited Sinema’s unwillingness to help Senate Democrats end the 60-vote filibuster for the passage of most legislation.
  • “She stood tall when it was time to stand tall, protecting the institution,” Manchin said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
  • Manchin also argued that when some conservatives called for the end to the filibuster while Donald Trump was president and Republicans controlled the Senate, he and Sinema opposed the so-called nuclear option in 2019.

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