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Manchin says he wouldn't back Sanders against Trump in presidential race

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden EPA asks Justice Dept. to pause defense of Trump-era rules | Company appeals rejection of Pebble Mine | Energy pick Granholm to get hearing Wednesday Nomination hearing for Biden Energy pick Granholm set for Wednesday Bipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief MORE (D-W.Va.) said he would not back Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report: Next steps in the Trump impeachment Sanders selling sweatshirts with his famous inauguration pose for charity MORE (I-Vt.) in a 2020 presidential match-up against President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE

Manchin told Fox News he would “absolutely not” support Sanders’ agenda, calling it “not practical where I come from.”

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When Fox News’s Neil Cavuto asked whom Manchin would vote for if the Vermont progressive ended up becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Manchin responded, "Well, it wouldn’t be Bernie.”

Cavuto then pressed the West Virginia senator on if he’d vote for Trump. 

Manchin declined to offer a specific response, stating: “Let’s just say I’m going to make decisions based on what’s best for my country and my state.”

Manchin represents a state that Trump won in the 2016 race for the White House by 40 percentage points.

The West Virginia senator endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick Texas Supreme Court rejects Alex Jones request to toss lawsuits from Sandy Hook parents Paris Agreement: Biden's chance to restore international standing MORE that year but later said he regretted doing so given her critical remarks about the coal industry.

Manchin was also on the fence in the 2012 presidential election between President Obama and then-GOP nominee Mitt Ronney, who is now a colleague of Manchin's as a senator from Utah.

During the interview with Cavuto, Manchin was critical of the "Medicare for All" plan championed by Sanders.

“Bernie keeps saying ‘Medicare for All,’” he said. “I said, 'Bernie we can’t even pay for Medicare for some.'”

The West Virginia Democrat did acknowledge that Sanders’s policies are thought-provoking and get “the blood going and stirring and everything.”

Manchin's response comes after Sanders said in an interview with CNBC that he was confident Manchin, along with Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSenate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 50-50 Senate opens the door to solutions outlasting Trump's moment of violence Biden VA pick faces 'steep learning curve' at massive agency MORE (D-Mont.), would support his agenda.

"Damn right they will," Sanders said in the interview.