PARKERSBURG, W.va. (WDTV) - Joe Manchin is considering challenging Jim Justice in 2020 for West Virginia governor, telling Politico that he's "thinking about" running for the "best job in the world."
Manchin told Politico he will make a decision this fall.
"I don't think there's any hurry at all," Manchin said.
The Democratic senator served as West Virginia's governor from 2005-2010. He won a special election in 2010 to serve the remainder of Robert C. Byrd's term in the Senate, following his death in June of that year.
Manchin defeated Attorney General Patrick Morrisey by 3 percentage points in 2018 in his bid for reelection. His current term ends in 2025.
President Trump will be up for reelection in 2020. He visited West Virginia on multiple occasions in 2018 to campaign on behalf of Morrisey. Governor Justice announced at a 2017 Donald Trump rally that he was leaving the Democratic party.
“Campaigns [are] the best part of politics," Manchin told Politico.
"Can’t be any tougher than what I came through, an off-year election when they concentrated all their money against you."