Joe Manchin returns to New Hampshire as 2024 presidential speculation mounts

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) reignited speculation about his 2024 presidential plans on Friday with a visit to New Hampshire.

Manchin visited the first-in-the-nation primary state to take part in the New Hampshire Institute of Politics’s “Politics and Eggs” speaker series, which has hosted several 2024 contenders. While the West Virginia senator maintained he was “not here campaigning,” the visit does mark his second trip to New Hampshire in a year. 

“Everyone says, ‘Are you running for this or running for that?’ I say, ‘No, I’m running the race to bring the country together,’” Manchin told the crowd at the event, which took place at Saint Anselm College. “I’m not here campaigning. I’m here basically [because I’m] concerned about my country.”

Pressed by reporters after the event about his time frame for entering the race, which
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