CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After months of speculation that he might return to West Virginia to run for governor in 2016, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin on Sunday announced his decision to continue serving in the nation’s capitol.
“I’m going to stay and I’ll run for re-election,” Manchin told CBS’ “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer. “I want to serve the people of West Virginia to the best of my ability and I’ve said this, if my country does well, my state will do well.”
Manchin will be up for re-election to the Senate in 2018.
During his Sunday morning appearance, Manchin cited movement in the political gridlock in D.C. as one of the reasons for staying in his current office.
“I really believe we’ve changed the process to a certain extent in the Senate to where we’re willing to put our country first and I’m going to continue to fight for that. That’s the reason I’ve made a decision to stay in the United States Senate.”
During his CBS appearance, Manchin called the decision to run for Senate the “toughest decision of my political life…