I’m not going socialist. Never been a socialist.”

Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) on the Democrat party’s race for a 2020 nominee.

  • Senator Joe Manchin reflecting some consternation amongst Democrats about their party’s eventual nominee, telling Politico: “If Bernie ends up being one of these frontrunners, he’ll have to moderate. I’m not going socialist. Never been a socialist. If he doesn’t change, I’ve got a dilemma there. We’ll see. But we’re talking about hypotheticals. I think there’s going to be a lot happening between now and then.”
  • WHY IT MATTERS: Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a self-declared democratic-socialist, won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. The next major contest is Super Tuesday, March 3 when 14 states hold early contests to see who the party will run against the Republican’s likely nominee: Pres. Donald Trump.

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