Ben Chavis: No Labels ‘talking with several exceptional leaders’ about possible runs

No Labels national co-chairman Ben Chavis said Sunday that the organization is “in discussions with several prominent leaders” about possible bids for the White House.

No Labels is pushing for a “unity ticket” of one Democrat and one Republican for the 2024 presidential election, but has not officially announced who the candidate will be. Chavis said in an interview on MSNBC’s “The Weeknd.” I didn’t mention any particular names. Who the organization is talking to.

“Well, we’re talking to some great leaders. We have our own internal processes. And first of all, we continue to work for the common majority, Senator Manchin. We welcome this commitment,” Chavis said, referring to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-Va.).

“As we said, No Labels has worked for 14 years to build a movement that represents the common-sense majority of all Americans. And of course, my background is in the civil rights field. “We believe in expanding the right to vote to all Americans and ensuring that every state allows its citizens to vote according to their will,” he added.

Manchin had been floated as a candidate for the No Label movement, but on Friday he announced he would not run for president. Chavis also said Friday that he is speaking with “some great leaders,” along with former Sen. Joe Lieberman (R-Conn.) and former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R). Stated.

Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (Republican) was also discussed as a possible candidate for No Labels, but has since announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. When asked further questions about who will be at the top of No Labels’ ticket, Chavis said the organization will know who the candidates are within a few weeks.

“We’re not making those decisions. We’re — just for the record, on the show this morning, we’ve got extraordinary Republicans, extraordinary Democrats, independent leadership. “We’re talking to people and we’ll know in the coming weeks,” he said.

Some Democrats and other critics say No Labels’ efforts to propose a unity ticket could shift the election to former President Trump. Chavis said Sunday that it was “not our intention” to hand the election to Trump.

“We’re not trying to be a spoiler for anyone,” he said.

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