McConnell openly courts Manchin to leave Democrats, join GOP – The North State Journal

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives for an end-of-the-year news conference, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. McConnell said he plans to visit tornado-ravages areas Friday and Saturday in his home state of Kentucky. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mitch McConnell is done with subtleties. The Senate Republican leader is putting his party’s courtship of Joe Manchin on full public display after the West Virginia Democrat’s fractious split with the White House over the president’s big social and environmental spending package.  

McConnell says Manchin “feels like a man alone” and if he were to switch parties, “he would be joining a lot of folks who have similar views on a whole range of issues.” 

Whether Manchin is open to McConnell’s appeal — he has consistently said he still sees himself as a Democrat…

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