Joe Biden reportedly joked this week that getting Sen. Joe Manchin in a room with Sen. Bernie Sanders would be almost “like homicide.”
The comment was made during a virtual meeting with House Democrats earlier this week after Rep. Ro Khanna suggested getting the two politician together, according to a report from CNN.
But Biden, according to multiple sources in the virtual meeting, told the progressive House Democrats that he’s been in politics a long time — and getting them together in the same room would almost be like “homicide.” The group laughed, as Biden then made a joke about getting into the boxing ring with Khanna himself.
Sanders has been outspoken with his attacks on Manchin over the spending bill. Speaking to CNN recently, the Vermont politicians said, “I can’t speak for Mr. Manchin. I’m not a psychologist.”
When asked about sitting down with the moderates on Friday, Sanders said “this is not a movie” according to Politico’s Caitlin Emma.
Does Bernie need to sit down with Manchin and Sinema to work things out?
“This is not a movie. This is what happens in the real world,” he said.
— Caitlin Emma (@caitlinzemma) October 8, 2021