Manchin: Democrats 'didn't have a good message' in 2020

Manchin: Democrats 'didn't have a good message' in 2020
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Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinAngus King: Losing climate provisions in reconciliation bill weakens Biden's hands in Glasgow Independent senator: 'Talking filibuster' or 'alternative' an option Rep. Khanna expresses frustration about Sinema MORE (D-W.Va.) blamed Democratic congressional losses during the 2020 election on a lack of and ineffective talking points to the public.

"We didn't have a good message, I’ll be very honest with you," Manchin said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, suggesting Republicans had successfully branded the party as far left. "We let them tag us basically before we could remind the people who we are.”

Historically Democratic voters who helped President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE’s margin of victory in 2016 "went from being mad to being scared in 2020… they were scared of this socialism that was thrown out there by a radical part of the so-called left that was throwing all this out there that basically scared the bejeezus out of people," Manchin said. "And that hung on and hung on strongly, and it’s not who we are."

"I have fought against that, Joe BidenJoe BidenRand Paul calls for Fauci's firing over 'lack of judgment' Dems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Six big off-year elections you might be missing MORE has fought against that," he added. "We’re not for the New Green Deal, we’re not for the things [President Trump] has talked about, Medicare for All. We can’t even pay for Medicare for some."

Rep. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerHouse passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure McAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Jill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia MORE (D-Va.) has also blamed her slim margin of re-election on the party’s left flank.

Fox News exit polling indicated 72 percent of voters in the 2020 election were in favor of a government-run health care system.