Bernie Sanders Open for Primarying Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema

Late. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Tuesday that he would be open to primary Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who do not support breaking the filibuster.

A congressional reporter asked Sanders, if he would support a primary challenger to senators who do not support filibuster change.

Sanders replied, “Well, yes.”

Manchin seemed untouched by the Vermont Progressives’ threat to support a primary challenge against him.

“I have been primarily my whole life. That would not be something new for me, ”Manchin said. “It’s harsh and tumultuous. We’re used to it. Come with it.”

Manchin also said he would not support efforts to revive the “talking filibuster” to circumvent Senate centuries-old filibuster rules.

The speaking filibuster would force senators who want to block deliberations to speak on the senate floor instead of simply announcing that they want to filibuster the law. After senators stopped their talking filibusters, the Senate was able to stop legislation with only 51 votes.

Late. Dick Durbin (D-IL) that this proposal “is not the last word” and would be “fortified” at the Democrats’ caucus meeting Tuesday night.

Durbin was asked to set a precedent said, “It can be hard for some journalists to believe: But there are some things that have historical value. This debate and this vote have this historical value…. And I think senators should be on the record.”

Despite the Democrats’ best efforts to circumvent the filibuster, some Senate Democrats are already admitting defeat as they do not have Manchin and Sinema on board.

“I’m just telling people we did the best we could,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) admitted. “I’m just saying specifically that whoever votes no to the rules, then it’s their responsibility that we could not get this done.”

Sean Moran is the congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @ SeanMoran3.

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