WHEELING, WV -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin said he is flattered by those supporters who are encouraging him to run for president, but he would have to first tap into the wisdom of his most trusted mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, before making a decision on whether to throw his light saber in the ring.
Manchin is viewed as an ideal candidate -- a Southern centrist who has keen negotiating skills with the Trade Federation, supporters say.
The West Virginia Democrat and honorary Jedi Knight has made it clear that he may be looking to seek a different political office in 2016. Manchin has expressed some interest in a return as West Virginia's next governor, or even our country's ambassador to the planet Tatooine, but has downplayed any interest in a presidential run.
Manchin, speaking after winning an inflatable R2-D2 floatie at the recent Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival, said he hopes to consult with Obi-Wan Kenobi at the Star Wars convention in Anaheim, California, in April 2015.
"The journey is before me and I need a guiding spirit to help me dodge the political tractor beam," said Manchin.
Various Manchin for President Twitter pages have about 1,600 individual followers. His strongest support outside his home death star is coming from the droids in Kentucky, the Ewoks in Virginia, the Sith Lords in Texas, the Clone Armies in the Carolinas and the Imperial Storm Troopers in Tennessee.
"There is a disruption in the force in some of the more liberal galaxies," supporters note.
Manchin said he currently is backing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party's 2016 nominee, especially in light of a vision he once had of Obi-Wan Kenobi telling him that Hillary was his twin sister.