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Sun Jun 6, 2021, 07:13 PM

Fox News' Chris Wallace Confronts Joe Manchin Over 'Being Naive' About Bipartisan Cooperation [View all]

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Source: Newsweek

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace confronted Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, asking him whether he was "being naive" about the possibility of bipartisan cooperation given the current partisan divisions. Since President Joe Biden took office and Democrats narrowly won control of the Senate, Manchin has emerged as one of the most powerful people in Washington, D.C. The moderate Democrat has repeatedly emphasized the need for bipartisanship and opposed ending the Senate's legislative filibuster—putting him at odds with many Democratic colleagues. With an evenly split Senate, Manchin's support or opposition to Democrats' legislative priorities has become a key factor in determining whether they move forward or not.

Wallace questioned Manchin over his views on bipartisanship during an interview on Fox News Sunday this weekend.

"If you were to keep the idea that maybe you would vote to kill the filibuster, wouldn't that give Republicans an incentive to actually negotiate? Because 'Old Joe Manchin's out there and who knows what he's gonna do.' By taking it off the table, haven't you empowered Republicans to be obstructionists?" the Fox News host asked.

Manchin responded by saying he doesn't "think so." The Democratic senator argued that there are still a number of Republican senators who vote for "what they know is right, the facts as they see them—not worrying about the political consequences."

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/fox-news-chris-wallace-confronts-joe-manchin-over-being-naive-about-bipartisan-cooperation-1597970



Wallace makes some surprisingly astute observations. He makes Manchin look like he hasn’t thought things through at all.

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