Senator Joe Manchin says Biden has 'been pushed to the far left'

June 5, 2023

Democrat Senator Joe Manchin said President Biden has "been pushed to the far left."

Manchin praised Biden for getting the bipartisan debt ceiling deal completed, but contended that progressive forces are dragging him to the left.

"I think [with] Joe Biden, that's his inherent [to] who he is," Manchin said after a question about whether or not Biden was going to take back the middle.

"He's been pushed to the far Left. And that far Left is not basically where the country is, and the far Right is not where the country is," Manchin added.

"Biden signed the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023, which suspended the debt ceiling until January 2025 in exchange for a slew of spending growth reductions," reported the Washington Examiner. "Manchin hailed both sides for working on the deal, which averted the risk of default. The government was projected to run out of cash to meet all its bills as soon as June 5."

"I give everybody credit," said Manchin. "President Biden did what he must do, and what he does best is bring people together, use bipartisanship. But 90 days ago, we could have started this."

Manchin has recently become more vocal in his criticism of Biden, calling him out for his implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Manchin also called-out Bien for his initial refusal to negotiate on the debt ceiling with the GOP.

The senator has mentioned a possible run for president as well, underscoring the need for bipartisanship.

"We can't continue to be pushed to the Left and push[ed] to the Right. Stay in that middle and pull people back to the middle," Manchin replied when asked about Biden's move to the middle making him less likely to run.