Two red state Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (D -WV) and Doug Jones (D – AL) say they are undecided on whether they will vote to remove Trump.
Jones faces an uphill battle for re-election after his shocking victory to finish the term of former Senator Jeff Sessions.
Per Politico, an outside group aligned with President Donald Trump is launching a new ad campaign pressuring Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) on impeachment as the Senate trial kicks off this week.
The ad from the nonprofit group America First Policies begins airing in Alabama Wednesday, backed by a $450,000 buy on TV and digital platforms, according to details shared first with POLITICO. The group is planning to spend a total of $1 million in an ad campaign across three states as the Senate’s trial continues.
TheHill reports Two red-state Democratic senators signaled on Saturday that they are undecided on whether to convict President Trump and ultimately remove him from office.
The comments came after three days of opening arguments from House impeachment managers and as the president’s legal team started to lay out its case in a brief Saturday session.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told reporters he takes his oath of impartiality “very seriously.” He noted that while he thought Democrats did a “good job,” he is eager to hear from Trump’s’ team and will “see where we go from there.”
“I’m as impartial as I can possibly be, as I’ve always been. I’m wide open on this, and we’ll see where the facts go,” Manchin said.
Sen. Doug Jones. (D-Ala.) said he believes House Democrats have made a “compelling case” but added that he wants to listen to the defense being mounted by Trump’s legal team.
“I’m hoping to hear the facts and the rebuttal from the president. So I think that’s only appropriate,” Jones said.
Manchin and Jones, who hail from deeply red states, are viewed by Republicans as two of the Democrats most likely to vote to acquit Trump.
GOP senators previously told The Hill that they believe the vote to acquit Trump will be bipartisan. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) has been tight-lipped about her thinking but is also viewed as a potential swing vote.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if we got one or two Democrats. It looks to me over in the House, the Republicans seem to be solid and the Democrats seem to be divided,” McConnell said last year.