Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) appeared to change his tune on Sunday about being open to making Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., new U.S. states, which many see as a power grab by Democrats given the likelihood that the move would give the Democrat Party four additional U.S. Senators.
Manchin made the remarks on Sunday during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper when asked about what elements of the Democrats’ agenda he is open to supporting.
When asked by Tapper if he supported statehood for Washington, D.C., Manchin responded: “I don’t know enough about that yet. I want to see the pros and cons. So, I’m waiting to see all the facts. I’m open up to see everything.”
When asked about Puerto Rico, Manchin responded, “Same thing. I need more facts on that.”
Manchin’s remarks appear to signal a shift in being more open to the idea after he was pressed on the matter following the news in early in