(CNSNews.com) – “Well, I’m very interested. I’m very serious about it,” West Virginia’s Republican Gov. Jim Justice said on Monday, when Fox News’s Neil Cavuto asked him if he’s serious about challenging Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin when Manchin’s term ends in 2025.
Justice hits his term limit as governor in 2024.
“I don’t play games with anybody,” Justice told Cavuto:
“There’s no point in jerking people around and all that kind of stuff. But with all of that being said, I really mean this. You know, I am a guy who is hung up on the truth. I’m a guy who’s hung up on serving. I have never taken one thing from being the governor of this great state.
“We’ve taken it from a really tough time into a situation to where now we have got surpluses beyond belief, and we’re on the pathway of maybe cutting our personal income taxes by 50 percent. I do believe this nation is in a mess. I mean, that’s all there is to it.
“I think that D.C. is a mess. I think, you know, where the Biden administration is going, and what they’ve done, it is completely chaos. And so I’m not a believer in that, and I do believe that if we don’t watch out, we could lose this nation.
“So I’m a patriot through and through. And so I’m very, very serious about this.”
Justice said the problem with Manchin is, “one minute Joe is moving in one direction and another minute he’s moving in another direction. So all of that being said, I’m not going to sit here…and cast stones at Joe or debate Joe today. I don’t need to do that right now.”
Justice, a wealthy businessman (coal mining) before becoming governor, said he took office at a time when the state was bankrupt, but now West Virginia has a billion-dollar surplus.
Last week, Justice proposed a 50-percent personal income tax reduction over three years, while setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars in a “rainy day fund” and for economic development.
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