Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, says he texted Sen. Joe Manchin that he would have a place across the aisle if he decided to switch parties.
Manchin, who has been courted in recent days by Republican leadership as Democrats slam his role as the 51st vote killing President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, would be a welcome addition to the party, the Republican senator said.
“Joe, if they don’t want you, we do,” the former whip said his Tuesday message to the centrist Democrat read.
Cornyn said Manchin hasn’t responded yet, but if he took the offer, it would be “the greatest Christmas gift I can think of.”
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