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Manchin: Harry Reid Was Dead Wrong in Implementing the Nuclear Option

Sen. Joe Manchin told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he thought Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) was dead wrong when he implemented the nuclear option during an appearance on the show Wednesday morning.

NBC’s Wilie Geist asked Manchin if he thought it would be outrageous for Senate Republicans to go nuclear and require only a simple majority to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

“I’ve been opposed to the nuclear option. I thought Harry Reid was dead wrong when he did it, and I voted against that,” Manchin told Geist. “My dear beloved senator, prior to my coming here, was Robert C. Byrd, and he would be rolling over in his grave knowing what we have done and what we continue to do and how we really act out.”

“Let’s give the man a chance, talk to him, my goodness,” Manchin added. “Don’t shut it down before we even get started. And two wrongs don’t make a right,” Manchin said.