Manchin Makes Rare Move by Crossing the Political Aisle to Endorse Collins for Re-Election in 2020

In a rare bipartisan move on Thursday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) broke with his party and crossed the aisle to endorse his colleague, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), for re-election in 2020, The Hill reported.

While filming a segment for the C-SPAN program “Newsmakers,” Manchin announced that he would be supporting Collins in her re-election efforts, breaking from his party in a divisive Senate.

Manchin went so far as to offer to campaign for Collins in her bid for re-election as well. Collins has not formally announced her intention to run for re-election as of yet, although it is expected that she will.

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The odd move is a departure from the increasingly contentious Senate but makes sense for the two senators, as they have worked together in the past and are known for breaking with their parties on some issues.

Collins is considered a target by the Democrats in their efforts to retake control of the Senate, due in part to her support for the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.

The Maine senator delivered a speech before Kavanaugh’s confirmation detailing the reasons for her support, ending the speech by saying:

“Mr. President, we’ve heard a lot of charges and counter charges about Judge Kavanaugh. But as those who have known him best have attested, he has been an exemplary public servant, judge, teacher, coach, husband, and father.

Despite the turbulent, bitter fight surrounding his nomination, my fervent hope is that Brett Kavanaugh will work to lessen the divisions in the Supreme Court so that we have far fewer 5-4 decisions and so that public confidence in our Judiciary and our highest court is restored.”

Manchin also supported Kavanaugh’s confirmation, bucking his party as the only Democratic senator to do so.

Collins is one of two female Republican senators currently serving. The other, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination but withdrew her vote.

Manchin’s interview will air Friday at 10 p.m. ET and again Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.

Responses

  1. Manchin and Collins, as centrists, can at least show bipartisan respect and support for one another. It’s a shame that such behavior makes them an endangered species.

    1. Not seeing how Manchin is endangered since he won a 2nd 6 yrs term in 2018. Endorsing Sen Collins would not be considered a negative with his WV constituents. The 2 Senators vote together more often than not. They both voted for Kavanaugh and they both voted against the R’s repeal of Obamacare. —Of course, you have called Collins a RINO in past postings, so you might want to consider that if you actually support centrists.

        1. If you support bipartisanship and mutual cooperation, why do you criticize any R that demonstrates it? RINO, ring any bells?

    1. Joe votes quite often with Sen Collins. They work together on Obamacare and other issues. They voted for and against the same Cabinet confirmations, Kavanaugh & Gorsuch confirmations, and Obamacare repeal. The endorsement was probably the least surprising thing reported today.

        1. How was he going to show his WV constituents how bipartisan he is if he waits to see if she actually runs? She might not.

          1. He could wait for someone else to declare and then show his bipartisanship, if necessary. This kind of bipartisanship is totally unnecessary, though. Policy bipartisanship can make sense sometimes.

          2. It makes no difference to what he did. With all of the confusing craziness going on in this country, even within the main parties, it is ludicrous to endorse a politician from a different party. If you want bipartisanship, do it with policy not party.

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