Sen. Joe Manchin says Jan. 6 Capitol riot ‘modified me,’ making him extra dedicated to bipartisanship

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The Jan. 6 Capitol assault was a turning level for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), he informed CNN on Thursday.

The riot “changed me,” he mentioned, including that he by no means thought he would witness “our seat of government” below assault “by our own people.” After the assault, Manchin mentioned he felt an urge to “hit the pause button,” as a result of “something’s wrong. You can’t have this many people split to where they want to go to war with each other.”

With the assault altering how he appears to be like at Washington and the divide between Democrats and Republicans, Manchin mentioned he has by no means been extra obsessed with guaranteeing Democrats and Republicans have interaction in critical negotiations. He is a reasonable Democrat, and wields quite a lot of energy now that the Senate is cut up 50-50 and President Biden’s plans wants each Democratic vote.

“I’ve watched people that had power and abused it,” Manchin informed CNN. “I’ve watched people that sought power and destroyed themselves, and I’ve watched people that have a moment of time to make a difference and change things and used it — I would like to be that third.” He emphasised that there’s “a time and a place” to use reconciliation, and he will not be “killing the filibuster.” Read extra of Manchin’s interview at CNN.

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