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Manchin Says He's Keeping All Options Open On 2016, Possible Run For Governor

Reported: May. 4, 2014 5:47 PM EDT
Updated: May. 4, 2014 10:53 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Heath Harrison) – U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Sunday that he is keeping “all options open” with 2016, regarding whether he plans a return to the West Virginia governor’s mansion or to finish his Senate term.

Manchin was asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” about rumors he might leave the Senate and run for another term as governor.

“The Senate gives me a great vehicle to make a difference in the world and in my country and in my state,” Manchin told CNN. “With that being said, if I don’t see changes being made, if I don’t think that I’m being productive and contributing to something in a positive manner, I’ve got to evaluate where I’m at and where I might be most effective.”

Manchin has expressed frustration with Washington gridlock, and his conservative stances on issues have put him at odds with his party’s national leadership.

He said he felt his time in the governor's office was the most productive period of his life.

West Virginia governors are limited by the state constitution to two consecutive terms, but can run for a third term after at least four years. Republican Arch Moore, who was in office from 1969 to 1977 and from 1985 to 1989, is the only governor to serve more than terms.

Manchin was elected to the Senate in a 2010 special election to fill the term of the late Robert C. Byrd, defeating Republican John Raese. He was elected to a full Senate term in 2012 and would up for re-election to the chamber in 2018.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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