CLEVELAND — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) made two pit stops in Ohio Thursday on his listening tour. His first stop was at the City Club of Cleveland.

What You Need To Know

  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) stopped in Cleveland and Columbus on his listening tour

  • He announced in November that he is not running for senate reelection, but there is speculation that he may consider a run or president as a third-party candidate

  • Manchin says that "everything is on the table, nothing is off the table" but that he's still evaluating his options

“The first amendment is alive and well in Cleveland to have this kind of discourse where you can talk to people. We can agree to disagree and find a pathway forward,” he said.

The listening tour comes after his November announcement that he is not running for senate reelection. Now, there is speculation that he could be running for president as a third-party candidate.

“Everything is on the table, nothing is off the table. I’m still evaluating all that. Super Tuesday pretty much would be a deadline, tells you where you are, if there’s a possibility or not,” he said.

Manchin did not directly answer questions regarding his potential run, but did mention Utah Senator Mitt Romney and former Ohio Senator Rob Portman as running mates he would consider.

“My considering is how can I be most effective? How can I be more effective?,” he said.

No matter what happens over the next few months, Manchin urged voters to hold all political candidates accountable.

“What is that candidate going to do for you and your city, your family, your country? What are they going to give back? What should we expect? Hold them accountable and when they make those public statements ‘oh, I want to do this, this and this,’ then hold them to it,” he said.

After Cleveland, Manchin went to a similar event at the Columbus Metropolitan Club.