Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) doesn’t think Hillary Clinton will have an easy time securing the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.
“There’s a lot of good people,” Manchin said Sunday morning on Decision Makers, an in-state news show. “You’re going to see a lot. It’s going to be, I think, an exciting time, I think, more so than people think.”
That prediction came after several minutes of Manchin fielding questions about whether or not he would be one of the people standing in Clinton’s way.
As Manchin discussed the possibility of running for president in 2016, he described how the United States needs better leadership on the world stage than President Obama is delivering before finally saying that he thinks his candidacy would be a “reach” for him.
“It’s very flattering that people in some of the key states are taking it seriously, and they’re out there looking,” Manchin said.
“We should be looking at the future, we should have a vision for the future, we should be able to help the world, but we should be taking care of ourself and making ourself strong first. And you lead by example,” he continued. “We’re not leading. We’re just getting pulled in all different directions and there’s not a clarity of who is the United States of America and what do they stand for.”
Manchin emphasized that he’s a good leader. “I’ve never been afraid to make decisions because I’ve always tried to make things better and fix things,” he told host Bray Cary. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes and with that I’ve said, ‘Listen, if I make a mistake I’m making it trying to make it better and I can fix that.’”
The former governor then seemed to allude to President Obama when he said that people can accept such candor about mistakes. “What they can’t accept is when you cover it up and you won’t admit it,” he said.
Manchin paid his respects to Hillary Clinton, saying she has “all the qualities” needed in a president, with one caution.
“I just hope that they don’t push her so far being somebody she’s not,” he said. “You’ve got to find a leader who knows how to lead.”
Manchin said he’s “not serious about running,” though. “On a national ticket, it would be a pretty far reach probably for me.”