Top Republicans Pressure Manchin To Switch Parties


Republicans are upping their calls for West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to switch parties after he said he would not vote for President Joe Biden’s domestic spending bill.

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn told Nexstar that he texted Manchin to encourage him to switch after he came out as a “no,” telling him, “Joe, if [Democrats] don’t want you we do.”

While Cornyn said he did not get a response, he said that Manchin switching would be “the greatest Christmas present I can think of.”

“We’d love to have him,” he added.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also told The New York Times that Republicans would “love” to have Manchin in their caucus after he severely, if not mortally, wounded the $1.7 trillion bill’s chances of becoming law.

“Obviously we would love to have him on our team,” McConnell said. “I think he’d be more comfortable.”

McConnell also brought up Democrats’ criticism of Manchin after he announced his position, asking why his own party would accuse him of being a “liar and try to hotbox him and embarrass him.”

“I think the message is, ‘We don’t want you around… (Read more)

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