Manchin endorses Murkowski's re-election bid
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Sunday endorsed the re-election campaign of his Republican colleague Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
What they're saying: "I'm endorsing my dear friend Lisa Murkowski. Alaska could only be so lucky to have her continue to serve them," Manchin said on CNN's "State of the Union."
- "She knows I feel that way too, very strongly," he added after Murkowski thanked him.
- "It's hypocritical to basically work with a person day in and day out and when they're in cycle, you're supposed to be against them because they have an R or D by their name."
- "If these are good people I've worked with, and we've accomplished a lot, why in the world would I not want to work with them and continue to work with them?"
- "If he's running, I'll endorse him," Murkowski later added of Manchin.
The big picture: This is not the first time Manchin has expressed his support for Murkowski's re-election bid. Last April, Manchin said he would back Murkowski in her 2022 Senate race.