Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he's been thinking seriously about becoming an independent

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said that he has been thinking "seriously" about leaving the Democratic Party and becoming an independent.

The West Virginia lawmaker, who has raised his national profile as a swing vote on major spending packages in the closely divided U.S. Senate, made the comments on MetroNews "Talkline" on Thursday.

"I would think very seriously about that. I've been thinking about that for quite some time. I haven't made any decisions whatsoever on any of my political direction," Manchin said. "I want to make sure my voice is truly an independent voice, when...


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