(BY: JACQUELINE THOMSEN, THE HILL.com) – Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is ripping into critics who want him to fully commit to Democratic policy points, saying he won’t be pressured into taking stances he disagrees with just to win an election.
“I don’t give a s***, you understand? I just don’t give a s***,” Manchin told the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Sunday. “Don’t care if I get elected, don’t care if I get defeated, how about that. If they think because I’m up for election, that I can be wrangled into voting for s*** that I don’t like and can’t explain, they’re all crazy.”
“I’m not scared of an election, let’s put it that way. Elections do not bother me or scare me,” he said. “I’m going to continue to do the same thing I’ve always done, extremely independent.”
Manchin is up for reelection in a state that President Trump won by a wide margin. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice publicly switched from the Democratic Party to the GOP at a Trump campaign rally in the state last week.
Manchin’s comments were in response to an attack on him from GOP senatorial candidate Patrick Morrisey, who called for Manchin to resign from Democratic leadership and accused him of not fully representing his constituents’ interests.