As speculation continues to swirl around who will throw their hat in the ring for the 2024 presidential election, one name stands out among the rest: West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. A Democrat who is seen as a moderate and centrist, Manchin has recently suggested he may be open to a run for the presidency in 2024. In a recent interview with NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning, Manchin addressed the possibility of running and said, “Everything’s on the table.” He went on to say, “I’m going to do everything I can to help our country and our people, and if that involves running for president, I’ll do it.” [tweet_embed] January 23, 2023[/tweet_embed] Manchin has been a key player in Washington for years, and his voting record reflects that. He has consistently voted with Democrats on many issues, including on the recent $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package. However, he has also voted against some of his party’s more progressive initiatives, such as the Green New Deal and the $15 minimum wage. Manchin has also been vocal about his support for the Second Amendment. He was one of the few Democrats to vote against the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021, which would have banned certain semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. In a statement, Manchin said, “I believe that assault weapons and high-capacity magazines should be kept out of the hands of criminals and those intent on doing harm. However, I cannot support a ban that does not include language to ensure law-abiding gun owners in West Virginia can still exercise their Second Amendment rights.” This was reported in The Post Millennial. Manchin’s stance on gun control has earned him both praise and criticism from both sides of the aisle. His centrist approach may be seen as a way to bridge the divide between Democrats and Republicans, and he may be seen as a viable alternative to the more progressive candidates who are rumored to be considering a run. With the presidential election still two years away, it is still too early to tell who will run – or if Joe Manchin will be among them. But one thing is for sure: if Manchin does decide to run, he will be a formidable contender in the race.