Manchin responds to rumors of 2020 gubernatorial run
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
Could Senator Joe Manchin be considering another run for West Virginia governor?
West Virginia's governor is a role Senator Joe Manchin knows well, after serving as governor from 2005 to 2010.
"I've been in that position. I know what it takes," Manchin said.
On Friday reports stated that Manchin is indeed considering a run for governor once again in 2020. When asked if that is true, he did not confirm or deny.
"The state of West Virginia deserved a full-time governor, someone that will work 24/7," Manchin said.
He left office in 2010 when he was elected to his first United States Senate term. He won re-election last November.
Manchin said partisanship is not what the state needs.
"I'm going to do everything I can to help my state, and right now I think we all have to start working together being West Virginians not democrats or republicans, being Americans, not democrats or republicans, and it's discouraging what's happening, and it's filtering all the way down from state to local and just unacceptable," Manchin said.
Governor Jim Justice kicked off his re-election campaign earlier this week.
"I'm announcing officially right now my candidacy to run to be re-elected as your governor in 2020," Justice said.
Justice said his work as governor is not done yet.
"There's just more to do, ya know, there's more people that really need help, and we've got a momentum going, and we've got the snowball going down the hill, and we got lots of people whether it be looking at our natural gas hub or manufacturing or all kinds of ideas and things coming to West Virginia, and I really need to be there to get it across the finish line," Justice said.
We have reached out to Governor Justice's office for a comment on the reports of Senator Manchin considering a run for governor, but we have yet to hear back.