Sen. Manchin says Democrats can’t go too far left with Biden’s Build Back Better plan

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 01: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol on November 01, 2021 in Washington, DC. Manchin announced that he would not support the budget reconciliation bill without knowing more about its economic impact but encouraged members of Congress to vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 01: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol on November 01, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 10:22 AM PT – Friday, November 5, 2021

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) has urged his fellow Democrats to work across the aisle. Manchin said the Democrats will be hurt if the party moves too far left.

During an interview Thursday, the West Virginia Democrat said he wants the Biden administration to succeed, but stressed Joe Biden must fulfill his campaign promises of building bridges with the Republican Party. He added compromise is a must if the White House wants to get any legislation passed through Congress.

“But come together, realize what can and can’t be done,” said Manchin. “Don’t force basically something that’s not going to happen, make people believe it will.”

Manchin also said the American people are not far-left and if anything, they are typically more center-right.

“We can’t go too far left. This is not a center-left or a left country. We are a center, if anything, a little center-right country and that’s being shown. And we ought to be able to recognize that,” stated the senator.

Additionally, Manchin raised concerns about the rampant spending and fears of inflation getting out of control. However, he asserted he still sees himself as a fiscally responsible and socially compassionate West Virginia Democrat.

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