NY Times Reporters: Manchin Would Have Given Senate Control To The GOP — But He Didn’t Like McConnell

How close was the GOP to getting a Senate majority?

Dem Senator Joe Manchin reportedly didn’t join the GOP because he didn’t like Mitch McConnell, according to a new book.

3 GOP Senators tried to convince Manchin to caucus with the GOP — but he refused to do it if McConnell would be Senate majority leader again.

The Hill reported:

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) that he would switch his party to Independent and caucus with the Republican Party if Thune were made the leader of the Senate GOP, according to reporting in a new book from a pair of New York Times reporters.

Early in 2021, shortly after the election of President Biden and after Democrats had taken control of the House and Senate, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Thune tried to convince Manchin to switch parties, according to reporting in the book by journalists Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns.

Manchin was not sold on the idea, according to the book, because he did not want to make Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) the Senate majority leader again.

Manchin has repeatedly shown his disapproval of the Democrat Party.

Manchin showed his visual displeasure with Dem Senator Chuck Schumer smearing Republicans over the debt ceiling.

If it weren’t for McConnell, would Chuck Schumer be Majority Leader?

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