Sin Joe Manchin (D-WV) opposed the White House, openly calling for negotiations between Democrats and Republicans on the debt ceiling.
The senator appeared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday and was asked by host Dana Bash if he thought the White House was wrong to recommend that Democrats not negotiate with Republicans on the debt ceiling. President Joe Biden’s administration has called for the debt limit to be lifted “without conditions.”
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“I think it’s a mistake because we have to negotiate. This is a democracy that we have. We have a two-party system, if you will. We should be able to talk and figure out where our differences are,” Manchin responded. “Using the debt ceiling and holding it hostage has not worked in the past.”
Manchin went on to suggest that Republicans were holding the debt ceiling hostage by threatening to cut Social Security, which the West Virginia senator opposes. About 60 percent of West Virginia retirees live on Social Security and Medicare, according to Manchin.
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“It’s basically an unnecessary expense, everybody believes that,” Manchin continued. “Oh my God, $31.4 trillion and let’s throw caution to the wind and blame the Republicans, the Republicans blame the Democrats who are to blame. Everybody’s fault. We have no process. I’ve been here 12 years. No budget.”
Manchin is running for re-election next year.