Manchin Says He’d Vote To Confirm A Justice More Liberal Than He Is

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Thursday that he was open to confirming a Supreme Court justice that was more liberal than he is to succeed Justice Stephen Breyer.

“Whoever [President Joe Biden] puts up will have experience and we’ll be able to judge them off that,” Manchin told West Virginia MetroNews’ Hoppy Kercheval. “But as far as just the philosophical beliefs, no, that will not prohibit me from supporting somebody.”

Though there was some speculation as to whether Manchin would potentially derail a Biden nominee he thought to be too far to the left, he and Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, another centrist, have by-and-large supported the president’s judicial picks thus far, unlike some of his other priorities.