Republican Sen. John Cornyn Texted Sen. Joe Manchin Urging Him to Join GOP

Republican Texas Senator John Cornyn has said that he texted Senator Joe Manchin urging him to join the GOP.

Speaking to Austin news station KXAN, Sen. Cornyn said that he invited Manchin to switch parties as he faces continued backlash from Democrats for refusing to vote for the Build Back Better spending package.

Manchin cited inflation, the federal debt and omicron as reasons for his refusal to continue discussing the bill.

Cornyn said that he sent Manchin a text saying, “Joe, if they don’t want you, we do,” but did not receive a reply from the West Virginia politician.

“I don’t know what he will decide to do. But I do know West Virginia has gotten increasingly red. …So yeah, we’d love to have him. That would change the majority,” Cornyn said.

There is currently a 50/50 split in the senate, but Vice President Kamala Harris holds the tie-breaking vote giving Democrats the majority.

If Manchin joined the GOP, it would flip the senate to 51-49, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would become the majority leader.

Manchin has previously said that if he left the Democratic Party, he would switch to independent — but would still caucus with Democrats, leaving them as the majority. However, during an interview with WVMetroNews on Monday, the senator said “I would like to hope that there are still Democrats that feel like I do. I say I’m fiscally responsible and socially compassionate. Now if there are no Democrats like that, they’ll have to push me wherever they want to.”

A poll of West Virginia voters last month found that Manchin has an overall job approval rating of 60 percent compared to Biden’s 32 percent.

Nearly 75 percent of WV voters also said that they believe Manchin should oppose the Build Back Better plan.

In 2020, former President Donald Trump easily carried the state with 68.62 percent of the vote.

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3 responses to “Republican Sen. John Cornyn Texted Sen. Joe Manchin Urging Him to Join GOP”

  1. Robby says:

    530 of them need to be eliminated/removed. Only 5 in all of DC worth keeping.
    This is not our Government, this IS NOT the United States of America Government. The current regime has taken it over (easily) and this plutocracy needs wiped clean.
    It won’t hurt the U.S. eliminating this system, and all the alphabet agencies, as what has this ‘government’ entity done in the last 50 years that has been good? Or helped anyone?
    The point, this government has done nothing but destroy our Country, and others. There has been no positivity nor progress by these pukes.

  2. SinicalSaint says:

    Why would’ve want him to run as GOP? So he could be the next Jeff The Flake, Clobuchar, Murkowski, or Susan Collins, or Paul Ryan? I don’t want a RINO. That’s why America is so messed up! And if Manchin flips. you know he’s going to be a problem child. I hate that msm and Republicans are acting like he is a champion for conservatives. He’s a corporatist.

  3. marblecreekmonarch says:

    They are gone. There are no Democrats like my family used to identify with. Raised in a Catholic, Union CWA, strong Democrat family, we have one holdout left and still identifying, yet not supporting Democrats. And NO soft compromising Republicans get our support either. The tug of war needs to go way back to the right before it ever gets close to the middle again. Deregulation. Reinforce the Constitution and get America back to being the “Land of the Free”.