Manchin-Biden coal clash highlights Democratic divisions at a perilous moment

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Manchin-Biden coal clash highlights Democratic divisions at a perilous moment

“Comments like these are the reason the American people are losing trust in President Biden,” the West Virginian said. The White House later sought to clarify Biden’s remarks.

Sen. Joe Manchin speaks during a news conference.

Sen. Joe Manchin speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, at the Capitol in Washington. | Mariam Zuhaib/AP Photo

By BURGESS EVERETT and CRAIG HOWIE

11/05/2022 10:32 AM EDT

Updated: 11/05/2022 04:29 PM EDT

Joe Manchin clashed Saturday with President Joe Biden over the politics of coal — a poorly timed breach between a pair of Democratic heavyweights just three days before voters head to the polls.

In a statement Saturday morning, the West Virginia senator lambasted Biden’s remarks a day earlier pledging to shut down America’s coal plants as “offensive and disgusting.” That prompted a quick response from White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre in an attempt to tamp down the conflict.

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