Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed that he’d be open to West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin joining the Republican Party after several conflicts with his fellow Democrats.
On Monday, McConnell appeared on “The Guy Benson Show” podcast to discuss Manchin’s recent announcement that he would vote “no” on President Biden’s Build Back Better plan in the Senate, effectively ending its chances of being passed.
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“I would imagine that your Christmas got a little bit merrier yesterday around 9:30, 9 AM Eastern time when your Democratic colleague Joe Manchin of West Virginia appeared on Fox News Sunday with Bret Baier and announced that he’s a no on Build Back Better,” Benson opened.
Benson asked whether McConnell had an “inkling” of Manchin’s vote prior to his announcement. McConnell admitted that he didn’t know how Manchin would vote but called it “the single greatest favor” Manchin could give to the country.
“Not an inkling but I hoped. Ironically, at my closing press conference last Thursday, I stated that the greatest gift Joe Manchin could do for the country was to repeal this bill. That’s what the country needs, to see this bill killed. It is absolutely inappropriate and unnecessary at a time when we’re fighting inflation,” McConnell said.
He added, “It’s an amazing thing to hear.” “It was a tremendous shot in the arm of the country. I think it’s exactly what the country needed at this particular time.”
Benson also asked McConnell his opinions on how his Democrat colleagues and White House reacted to his vote.
McConnell said, “I was stunned at the vitriol.” It seemed that Sen. Manchin was being called a liar by them. That was stupid. This Senate is 50/50. It’s going to be 50/50 for another year, and believe me, this is not how I would handle a disappointing vote like that.”
He remarked that Manchin’s status as a moderate has put him at odds with his own party and added that he would “certainly welcome” Manchin to join the Republicans.
“He doesn’t fit well over there, but that is a decision ultimately that he has to make. McConnell indicated that we would welcome McConnell to our ranks if he felt so.
Benson was then asked whether the defeat of Build Back Better could result in a Republican majority at Congress in 2023. McConnell admitted that he’s feeling more optimistic after this potential defeat.
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“The American people are now able to see what real liberalism looks like. Actually, I’d say more accurately what socialism looks like, and we’re headed toward a very significant midterm election next year. McConnell stated that we could, and should, flip the Senate to Republican Party in all probability.”
“They’re in very, very tough shape, politically. I don’t see how that gets much better. Inflation is going to be an issue. We’re having a difficulty getting people back to work,” he added. Although the Senate will still be tight, I believe the environment in which each race is going to run the country is better than when I and you spoke.
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