Manchin Now More 'Open' to DC, Puerto Rico Statehood Question

Manchin Now More 'Open' to DC, Puerto Rico Statehood Question
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Sen. Joe Manchin would not rule out granting the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico statehood—a change in tune from comments he made about the notion just a couple months ago.

During an interview on CNN, the Democratic senator told Jake Tapper he didn’t “know enough about that yet,” regarding D.C. statehood, adding that he wants to “see the pros and cons.”

“So I’m waiting to see all the facts. I’m open up to see everything,” he continued. 

Regarding Puerto Rico, he responded similarly, saying he needed to see “more facts.” 

The comments represent a change in tune from November, when CNN's John Berman asked Manchin a similar question about statehood. 

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