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Vulnerable Dem Senator Explodes: “I Just Don’t Give a S**t” if I Win in 2018

Joe Manchin had some choice words about his tough re-election fight this week, going off after a reporter asked him about GOP-led tax reform efforts.

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) burst out about his re-election campaign in an interview with the Charleston Gazette-Mail this weekend.

Manchin swore three times in a few sentences after a reporter asked him about a letter from Senate Democrats to Senate GOP leaders on tax reform.

The colorful exchange, via the Gazette-Mail‘s Jake Zuckerman (emphasis ours):

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is one of three Senate Democrats who didn’t sign a letter establishing the party line on tax reform, though he said Tuesday he agrees with all its components.

…When asked if Morrisey’s request and related messaging attempting to tie him in with Democratic leadership affected his decision to not sign the letter, Manchin said he doesn’t care about the attacks and they don’t affect policy decisions.

I don’t give a s–t, you understand? I just don’t give a s–t,” he said. “Don’t care if I get elected, don’t care if I get defeated, how about that. If they think because I’m up for election, that I can be wrangled into voting for s–t that I don’t like and can’t explain, they’re all crazy.”

Perhaps Manchin is feeling the heat, with a tough re-election campaign ahead in 2018.

President Trump beat Hillary Clinton by nearly 42 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election. Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) just switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican, claiming he “can’t help” his constituents anymore “being a Democrat governor.”