McConnell: Manchin "feels like a man alone" among Democrats
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Wednesday made an open plea for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to join the Republican Party, after Manchin's announcement earlier in the week that he would not vote for President Biden's signature agenda item.
What he's saying: "I think what Manchin is discovering is that there just aren't any Democrats left in the Senate that are pro-life and terribly concerned about debt and deficit and inflation," McConnell told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.
- "If he were to join us, he'd be joining a lot of folks who have similar views on a whole range of issues."
The big picture: McConnell called the White House statement following Manchin's announcement, which accused the West Virginia Senator of going back on his word to the president, "astonishing."
- "Usually, when you’ve got a member a little bit out of sync with everybody else, you give him a lot of love. They did exactly the opposite."
- McConnell told Hewitt that he has been having a conversation with Manchin about switching parties "off and on for a couple of years."
Flashback: Manchin previously offered to become an independent if his Democratic colleagues thought he was "an embarrassment."