Manchin evades whether to run for re-election as GOP challengers line up

Sen. Joe Manchin III continued to dodge questions Thursday about whether the moderate Democrat will seek re-election in 2024 as Republican hopefuls watched the race.

Mr. Manchin evaded whether to seek a third term in the red state of West Virginia on the heels of helping President Biden advance his domestic agenda last year with a major tax and climate spending package known as the Energy Reduction Act. Inflation.

“I have no idea what I’m going to do in 2024. I really don’t. I’ve been at this for quite some time. But they have never been able to pigeonhole me,” Manchin said during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “I have never been afraid of losing. That is the lowest price I can pay to do what I think is right.”

His indecision hasn’t stopped Republican hopefuls from eyeing the seat. Rep. Alex Mooney officially announced his candidacy just days after the November midterms, while Gov. Jim Justice said last week that he is “seriously considering running for the Senate.”

“I don’t look at Democrats and Republicans. I don’t watch the party. Are you right or left? I am an American party,” Mr. Manchin said. “I want my country to be as strong as possible to help all our allies.”

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