Chris Wallace grills Joe Manchin: "Are you enjoying your position of power maybe a little too much?"

"I am in that common-sense middle," Manchin tells Fox News. "That's who I am"

By David Edwards
March 8, 2021 11:30AM (UTC)
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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, asks questions of Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., President Joe Biden's nominee for secretary of the Interior, during her confirmation hearing. (Leigh Vogel-Pool/Getty Images)

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Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday called out Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., for enjoying his "position of power a little too much."

During an interview on Fox News, Wallace noted that Manchin had become a key vote when it comes to preventing Democratic nominations and legislation from moving forward in the Senate.

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"Do you like being the most powerful member of Congress, the swing vote in a 50/50 senate? Do you like that, sir?" Wallace asked.

"No, I do not and I did not lobby for this, did not seek it out," Manchin insisted.

Wallace pointed out that Manchin has been pivotal in killing Democratic initiatives, including the $15 per hour minimum wage, reforming the filibuster and increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court.

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"You are on four Sunday shows today . . . Are you enjoying your position of power maybe a little too much?" Wallace wondered.

"I sure hope not," Manchin insisted. "Oh, my goodness. That would be horrible. That's not — no. I want to make sure people understand. I am in that common-sense middle. That's who I am."

Manchin went on to say that he would work to prevent significant filibuster reform.

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"I'd make it harder to get rid of the filibuster," he explained. "I'm supporting the filibuster. I'm going to continue to support the filibuster. I think it defines who we are as a Senate. I'll make it harder to get rid of it, but it should be painful if you want to use it."

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