West Virginia moderate Democrat Joe Manchin is likely to support whomever President Biden nominates to the Supreme Court. During a recent interview, Manchin admitted that he’s open to supporting a nominee “more liberal than him.”
The Hill reports:
“It’s not too hard to get more liberal than me. So it would not bother me having a person who was sound in their thought process, who had been sound in their disbursement of justice and the rule of law, just because their personal beliefs [are different],” Manchin said during an interview with West Virginia MetroNews’s Hoppy Kercheval.
“As far as just the philosophical beliefs, no, that will not prohibit me from supporting somebody,” Manchin added.
Manchin said during Thursday’s interview that he would look at the “qualifications” of whomever Biden nominates and “make sure that the rule of law” is the “Bible” for the president’s pick.
“What you want is someone, forget the philosophical beliefs they may have, is basically how they have dispersed justice, their record. … It will be the character of the person,” Manchin added.
Manchin has been heavily scrutinized by his party for siding with Republicans on Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda and refusing to nix the filibuster. However, it’s likely that Democrats will be able to push through Biden’s nominee with control of both chambers.
Democrats have been pushing Biden to nominate a woman of color to the bench, a promise Biden previously made on the campaign trail. So far, the president has said he has every intention to keep to his word.