Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on Sunday grilled Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia, on his emergence as a key swing vote within the Senate, asking if Manchin was having fun with his “position of power a little too much.”
“Do you like being the most powerful member of Congress, the swing vote in a 50/50 Senate? Do you like that, sir?” Wallace requested on “Fox News Sunday.”
“No, I do not and I did not lobby for this, did not seek it out,” Manchin mentioned. “The bottom line is I am who I am and I have always been that person.”
Wallace famous that Manchin’s help is pivotal for various Democratic initiatives, together with ending the Senate filibuster, increasing the variety of justices on the Supreme Court and rising the minimal wage to $15.
On Friday, Manchin stalled the passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 reduction invoice within the Senate, forcing Democrats to tweak the package deal’s unemployment provisions earlier than it handed on get together traces on Saturday.
“You are on four Sunday shows today, and the question I have is, are you enjoying your position of power maybe a little too much?” Wallace requested.
“I sure hope not,” Manchin mentioned. “Oh, my goodness. That would be horrible. That’s not, no. I want to make sure people understand. I am in that common-sense middle. That’s who I am.”
“I’m not taking advantage of any moment at all,” he added.
Manchin went on to say that he opposes abolishing the filibuster, however is open to reforming it.
“I’m supporting the filibuster,” he mentioned. “I’m going to continue to support the filibuster. It think it defines who we are as a Senate. I’ll make it harder to get rid of it but it should be painful if you want to use it.”
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