Mitch McConnell is, as of today, the Senate Majority Whip. That could change come early December if Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win their special elections in Georgia. If that was to happen, Democrats would control the House, Senate and White House.
Republicans, though, reportedly have a plan if Democrats have a majority in the Senate; getting West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin to switch parties. Manchin was asked about that possibility during a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC.
Host Stephanie Ruhle asked, “With the election coming up, there are some very senior members of the Republican Party who have been whispering to big Republican donors, ‘ It’s OK if Democrats sweep Georgia. After the election we’re going to convince Joe Manchin to switch parties.’ Any truth to that?”
“That is breaking news,” Manchin replied. “I’ve never heard that before! No, there’s not. Not at all. These are my friends. I’m comfortable with my Republican friends. We go out, have dinner together. We talk. We have a good rapport. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.”
The West Virginia senator continued, “We can have differences and understand where we’re coming from. If you don’t know where your colleague is coming from, how do you find the middle? How do you find the compromise? How do you find the breaking point? That’s what I’ve been able to do.”
West Virginia is overwhelmingly Republican. The state voted for Donald Trump by a margin of 40% in 2016 and 38% in 2020.
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