Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, declined over the weekend to endorse Barack Obama for a second term for president or Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as Senate majority leader in interviews with Politics Daily.
“That’s such a hypothetical thing, but basically I think there’s two more years that have to play out,” Manchin said when I asked him if he expects to endorse Obama for a second term. “Things have got to change. People will have time to evaluate and make a decision over the next two years and four years. I just think there’s a lot of correction, a lot of changes, a lot of things that need to be fixed before I would say anything about anybody running for office.”
Although Manchin has a near-70 percent approval rating in the state, a balanced state budget and endorsements from such right-of-center powerhouses as the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, he is locked in a tight race with Republican John Raese in the contest to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D).