Biden insid­ers brush off threat of a Joe Manchin pres­i­den­tial run

Top Democ­rats and allies of Pres­i­dent Joe Biden are not voic­ing alarm about a poten­tial pres­i­den­tial run from Sen. Joe Manchin (D‑WV), even as spec­u­la­tion about a pos­si­ble chal­lenge dom­i­nates the media land­scape.
A num­ber of Demo­c­ra­t­ic law­mak­ers have warned against a Manchin bid after he announced his plans to can­vas the coun­try to gauge inter­est in build­ing a “move­ment to mobi­lize the mid­dle and bring Amer­i­cans togeth­er.”
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Still, the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er spoke with more than a half-dozen senior Demo­c­ra­t­ic offi­cials and oper­a­tives famil­iar with the pres­i­den­t’s reelec­tion cam­paign strat­e­gy, all of whom dis­count­ed the idea that Manchin run­ning could hurt Biden’s chances of defeat­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in the 2024 gen­er­al elec­tion, albeit for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.
Manchin, who announced he would not seek reelec­tion to the Sen­ate ear­li­er this month, has con­sis­tent­ly played a leg­isla­tive foil to the pres­i­dent over the past three years. He is close­ly asso­ci­at­ed with No Labels, a group vowi …