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December 29, 2021

GOP Senator Texted Manchin About Joining Republican Party

By T. Thompson In Latest News with Comments Off on GOP Senator Texted Manchin About Joining Republican Party

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said he reached out to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.) to encourage him to join the GOP amid backlash over his opposition to President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better legislation.

Cornyn told the Austin-based TV station KXAN that he texted Manchin, “Joe if they don’t want you we do,” but hadn’t heard back.

“I don’t know what he will decide to do. But I do know West Virginia has gotten increasingly red. … So, yeah, we’d love to have him. That would change the majority,” Cornyn added.

Currently, the Senate is evenly split but the Democrats hold the majority because Vice President Kamala Harris can break a tie. If Manchin defected to the GOP, that would give the Republicans a 51-49 majority, making Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) the majority leader.

However, in October, Manchin said he had no plans to leave the Democratic Party. He said if it’s “embarrassing” to the Democrats to have a moderate member, he would become an Independent “like Bernie” and still formally caucus with the Democrats.


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