Joe Manchin Wants Biden To Change Energy Messaging

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Tuesday, March 19, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) pushed for President Biden to alter his energy policy messaging in his 2024 presidential campaign, arguing that if he instead placed more attention on showcasing his accomplishments, he would find more success.

Manchin, who was one of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) architects, argued that the president needed to focus on making sure that Americans understood the law and the changes that it has brought to domestic energy production. 

Manchin noted during the Axios What’s Next Summit that they were producing a lot “more energy” today than ever before in United States history and that they were also producing more energy than any other place in the world. 

He continued by questioning whether they had heard Biden say that the US was energy secure. He then questioned when before have they ever heard that the legislation managed to pay down $230 billion of debt. 

According to Manchin, Biden isn’t talking about these things, but he should be. He argued that the President is not paying enough attention to sharing his accomplishments and argued that the President needed to take more credit, as he was the one who signed the law. 

Biden has focused most of his messaging related to the IRA on the green energy portions of the bill as he continues to push about how his administration is committed to combating climate change. However, Manchin said that the reason this is the focus for the former President is because he has headed “too far left.” He argued that Biden needs to focus in on the center issues rather than only speak to the “same 20 percent.”

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