Manchin fires back after Sanders pens op-ed in West Virginia paper

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ move to land an op-ed in Manchin’s backyard seems to have crossed the line for the West Virginia senator.

10/16/2021 4:34:00 AM

Sanders’ op-ed in a West Virginia paper laid out how Biden’s social spending package could help the historically poor state. Manchin fired back: “This isn’t the first time an out-of-stater has tried to tell West Virginians what is best for them.'

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ move to land an op-ed in Manchin’s backyard seems to have crossed the line for the West Virginia senator.

By10/15/2021 08:55 PM EDTLink CopiedBernie Sanders has been calling on Joe Manchin to support President Joe Biden’s full agenda for weeks. On Friday night, Manchin signaled he’s had enough of that.In response to an op-ed from Sanders (I-Vt.) published in Manchin’s hometown paper on Friday night, Manchin snapped back: “This isn’t the first time an out-of-stater has tried to tell West Virginians what is best for them despite having no relationship to our state.”

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“Congress should proceed with caution on any additional spending and I will not vote for a reckless expansion of government programs. No op-ed from a self-declared Independent socialist is going to change that,” Manchin said in a statement on Friday evening shortly after the op-ed published. Sanders caucuses with Democrats but is still technically an independent.

Sanders has taken his campaign to pass Democrats' $3.5 trillion spending proposal to media venues across the spectrum, including Fox News. Manchin has occasionally responded, albeit not in the fashion he did on Friday night. Sanders’ move to land an op-ed in Manchin’s backyard seems to have crossed the line for the West Virginia senator.

In that piece, Sanders lays out how his proposed Medicare expansion and drug pricing reforms would help West Virginia, a historically poor state that is aided by many federal programs. Sanders also makes the case for climate action, paid leave expansion and other programs in the bill that could face omission if Manchin insists on shrinking it.

Sanders also specifically targets Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who both oppose the $3.5 trillion number and are trying to shave it down.“Poll after poll shows overwhelming support for this legislation. Yet, the political problem we face is that in a 50-50 Senate we need

everyDemocratic senator to vote ‘yes.’ We now have only 48. Two Democratic senators remain in opposition, including Sen. Joe Manchin,” Sanders wrote.Sanders’ office ran a draft by Manchin’s after the op-ed was submitted to the paper but before it published, according to aides in both offices. Both senators serve on Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s leadership team and come from polar opposites of the Democratic Caucus. They are often diplomatic, even when disagreeing in public.

Last week, however, Sanders began pressuring Manchin and Sinema to speed up their languid negotiations on the final piece of Biden’s agenda, which also covers health care and education expansion. The two gave dueling press conferences, then Sanders held an availability with reporters last Friday to continue leaning on Manchin and Sinema.

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The two are at odds over the scale of how to finalize Biden’s agenda, a microcosm of the difficulties Democrats face in getting all 50 of their senators on board to pass anything through the party-line budget reconciliation process. Manchin has said he supports a $1.5 trillion spending program, viewing that as a compromise position. But Sanders initially wanted $6 trillion, and therefore views his deal with centrist Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) at $3.5 trillion as a concession.

Manchin and Sanders have plenty of history: Sanders won West Virginia’s Democratic primary in 2016, defeating Manchin-backed Hillary Clinton in the state. And a year laterSanders’ wife appearedalongside Manchin’s primary opponent in his 2018 reelection race.

Now, Sanders is imploring Manchin not to obstruct Biden’s agenda. In his view, having just two senators reluctant to move forward is an unsustainable position that undercuts Biden.Manchin sees things differently. And it doesn’t make it any easier for Schumer to get the unity he needs to pass his agenda.

“Millions of jobs are open, supply chains are strained and unavoidable inflation taxes are draining workers’ hard-earned wages as the price of gasoline and groceries continues to climb. Senator Sanders’ answer is to throw more money on an already overheated economy while 52 other Senators have grave concerns about this approach,” Manchin said, lumping himself firmly with Sinema and the 50 Senate Republicans.

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Obviously their own representative doesn’t know as well. Where is he getting his millions? WV folks have been poor and suffering long enough. MANCHIN cares for himself. Manchin, you appear to be against science, the workers, children, equity, and only for coal! Wonder why? So many jobs will be created when addressing climate! You are hurting your state and the whole US.

Manchin is a threat to the Democratic Party and should resign for siding with republicans just to keep his dirty money coming in from the oil and coal corporations!! Manchin acts like he owns WV’s voters, not like he represents them. He’s as much as saying “Go away, WV likes to be disadvantaged & backward thinking…” seems that you evidently need some outside suggestions from what is being noticed about your state buddy. So don’t help w.v they clearly don’t want it BernieSanders fights hard for W Virginians while Manchin fights for the very rich. During an MSNBC town hall in coal country, a miner noted that Bernie was fighting harder for their welfare than Mitch McConnell did. Manchin = McConnell = Sinema = greedy extremists

How much lobbyist $ have you taken to kill our planet sir? How much money? Manchin doesn’t tell West Virginians what is best for them or he’d be supporting the Democratic plans for better healthcare, child care, lower prescription costs, clean water, environmental protections, etc… And what is he telling the 49 out of staters to do? Live with what he wants. The rest of the citizens be damned.

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Isn’t a West Virginia senator telling the rest of the country what is good for them? The County of Riverside CA has approximately the same population as W. Virginia. Yeah, keep the coal mines and poverty level right where it is. Its the West Virginian way. Sanders is way closer to right. Manchin is a corporate Democrat and is going to cost Biden and other Democrats in upcoming elections.

Hey Manchin, I guess West Virginians' enjoy not being able to bathe and get a glass of water, because your friends in the Fossil extraction industries have turned the state into a polluted garbage can. Oh you mean tell the truth to your constituents? Sen_JoeManchin Get um Bernie! U should have also put in that op-ed how much money 💰 manchin is getting stuffed in his pocket, to stick it to We the People.

47 in health care, 45 in education, 48 in economy, 50 in infrastructure. Someone needs to tell what’s best for them. Manchin: Enemy of the People! Manchine Well it is quite obvious that you don’t know what’s good for West Virginia. Might want to let someone who knows how to drive take the wheel.

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Well, if an In-Stater won't tell the truth... Joe Manchin is a Bad luck for Biden’s Political agendas period! Question, does the local media in WV bother to question Manchin and why he won't support a bill that helps the state? Also have they bothered to educate people on what's in the bill and how it benefits WV? Or they too under the thumb of big coal?

How long has he been their Senator, schools, roads, wages, he's doing really well, so are his kids but the people of WVA aren't doing well at all... cmerfy Sorry I’m a way he’s right. Wherever you live you should know what would help you and your state. Maybe the folks in WVA would like to know what Riverboat Joe is voting against.

Yeah W Virginia is in good shape wink wink 😉 Cause he DGAF about his folk! 🤷🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️ I bet West Virginians on a fixed income would like for their food and energy costs that have massively inflated to go down. Work in that, CluelessJoe

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Hey Sen_JoeManchin your actions and your state policies affect the entire planet. Excuse us for living Sen_JoeManchin that we dare to comment on YOUR state YOUR economy. Who do we think we are anyway w/opinions about OUR country, OUR tax dollars OUR economy. trump paved a path for you desperate LeaderMcConnell billionaire de$pots to finally crush democracy

As said by Manchineel from his yacht Well, someone has to try to help.... You are not helping them Joe. Help WV Bait designed to drag his constituents into a brawl. As caslernoel points out, 'The Koch brothers still own a lot of real estate, but their best investment may be the Manchin they bought in West Virginia.' DarkAgesMentality

Won't be the last too Manchin, because it's West Virginia ffs Sadly WestVirginia could REALLY use some help with their human infrastructure and the only infrastructure Sen_JoeManchin seems interested helping is his own. Hopefully the voters won't fall for his empty bs answers

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Manchin's statement is an old one. 'Don't let an outsider influence us'. Manchin doesn't give facts to support his views because there are none. Biden's Infrastructure/healthcare policies will benefit all people of West Virginia. Manchin is in the pockets of Republican lobbyists. Sanders may be correct in his analysis, however, WV overwhelmingly supported Trump in 2016 and 2020 (70%). They are not interested in Biden’s help either.

And they just handed the house and senate to the republicans in 2022 and the White House back to trump in 2024. Great job TheDemocrats I agree. If Bernie has his way people might have clean, good paying job options and never enjoy the smell of coal dust again. Dispicable !! How does a Senator making 500k a year from a dying industry like coal in a dirt poor state make objective decisions on the environment and how the rest of the country should move forward?

joey boy-chin, bought and sold. How dare any of you suggest that WV needs help from outsiders! Manchin works for his donors and his constituents are largely Trump supporters who have been told to vote against their own interests. Manchin doesn’t have W.V. best interests in mind. He’s only interested in securing his family’s wealth. He has lost his way over the years. He needs to be made irrelevant. Let’s vote as many Democrats to the house, senate so we can address climate issues etc.

Ahem. What Big Coal Joe doesn’t know is dangerous for West Virginians.

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Keeping West Virginians ignorant is his game. Joe gets angry when outsiders speak to his voters. Sad! Poor West Virginians DINO. More Democrats should be crossing that line, kudos to Bernie for kicking it off Somebody has to since he ain't doing it. Well, Manchin, SOMEONE HAS TO, SINCE YOU WON'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But didn’t the people of West Virginia tell you that they wanted you to vote for the Biden Bill? I guess you meant that the Oil Companies will tell you what’s best for the people of West Virginia. COAL is my name and obstructing dems is my game Filthy rich coal barons always know what's best for their impoverished constituents.

So, Manchin grew a pair, at last. 🙄

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Does he know? Which one take millions in corporate bribes? Let's tell that one to fuck off. 我被脑控流氓迫害35年。亲人被车祸、被癌症、被中风,死亡8位,死状惨烈。亲人车祸骨折和重大疾病发生千百次。各种常人闻所未闻的黑科技酷刑和迫害。大小攻击达百万次。简直丧心病狂、惨无人道。 请全世界关注脑控受害者。因为这事关所有人的命运与自由。 Why not make all the green new deal stuff applicable to every state but WV? It’s a good thing that someone cares about West Virginians, cause Manchin obviously doesn’t give a flying fück weather they have a pot to squat on.

Instead of firing back at each other and be the laughing stock why don’t you figure stuff out Manchin—stop being afraid of your friends across the isle time for JimmyCarter to put this man in his place, like under his coal mines Once we add more Dem Senators, Sen_JoeManchin will become irrelevant & we can let him go~ but he & Sinema are gonna exploit this for all it’s worth until then... Coal isn’t coming back Joe. If we get more Dem Senators, most of America won’t care if you come back either.

Sen Sanders has every right to do this ad especially since Sen Manchin is not representing the poor people of West Virginia. Manchin is honestly just not a good person. Hate to say it.

Joe Manchin has a point. Fcuk Joe! Manchin needs to understand that his failure to support the President's Build Back Better Agenda affects citizens in all states, not just West Virginia. He should not be a senator for WV because he represents only himself. Is not the first time because someone has to your job, since you work for big oil corporations.

Manchin is about the money! 💔🇺🇸💰🥲😡 Sanders is right of course. It’s objectively better for his constituents. 'Fired back'? What was Sen_JoeManchin using, blanks? WestVirginia has been consistently one of the poorest states in the union. It received additional aid from the federal government all the while he was lining his pockets as Governor or Senator.

Manchin needs to keep his constituents poor & uneducated so he stays in office. West Virginians r entitled to jobs, good education, affordable health care & domestic services. Maybe Manchin can convince his daughter to lower the price of Epi-pen & he stops taking $$ from the coal industry so we can take him seriously. WestVirginia

Oh yeah only coal lobbyist Joe cam tell them what's best for them.

Manchin is good at representing his wallet instead of his constituents. How very Republican of Manchin. Manchin is a GOP in Dems clothing. He is no friend of the ppl or the environment. ClimateAction climate If Manchin knows best why are his constituents in favor of Biden/Sander policies? So Bernie comes up with a detailed analysis and Manchin responds with a cheap one-liner. No wonder his state lags behind the rest of the country in just about every area: look at what terrible representatives they have.

Lord. This guy!!! Cheap excuse from Manchin. As if he can’t comprehend that his actions are affecting people beyond West Virginia, none of whom voted for him. Plus, he has no clue what a lower middle class West Virginian needs or wants from the deck of his monster yacht anyway. o arrebatamento não é uma brincadeira vai acontecer.

And yet Manchin is telling the rest of the country what's best or not best for them. Well someone needs to because Manchin sure isn't.

Grow up and do what's right! MANCHIN is Owned by the Coal Companies & the Trump Cult....His Oath of Loyalth is to them & with them he shall go down This guy Manchin needs to go or just declare himself a Republican. Sort it out over some squirrel pot pie. Telling them the truth might be too hard for Manchin

Joe Manchin is not working for west Virginia. Manchin should be ASHAMED of himself They should because Manchin sure ain’t and he’s from West Virginia WTH Thanks SenSanders. Right on Sen Manchin a lot of talk and no action for so many ? We are now paying for the money given away for months & high gas prices and inflation at our stores thanks Puppet Pres Biden. Sen hold your guns and no more for W Va . Be nice to get in a car Mfg Bus for W Va & Jobs

I am tired of this man. Manchin has sold his soul. Can we just start ignoring Manchin, there’s nothing left for him to object to. He loves the limelight but in reality he’s Senator of a small poverty riddled state. That population has no future with Manchin in congress. Fuck manchin Good job fighting back! Sen_JoeManchin

Bernie knows best Sen_JoeManchin Manchin’s looking out for his own pocketbook