CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S, Senator Joe Manchin isn’t long from announcing whether he’ll seek a return to the governor’s office in the 2020 election.

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Manchin repeated on MetroNews “Talkline” last week that he’ll make the announcement sometime after Labor Day.

Manchin didn’t exactly say which way he was leaning but he did mention how key he considers to West Virginia his position as the ranking member on the Senate’s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

“The whole energy portfolio (for the U.S.) is going to change and West Virginia cannot be left behind,” Manchin said. “I want to make sure that doesn’t happen. I’m in a ranking position.”

Manchin also talked about his position on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

But as he often does, Manchin also talked about his six years as governor. When asked what sounds better to him Gov. Joe Manchin or U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, the senator didn’t take the bait.

“It’s not what sounds better but it’s where can I be more effective? You know I liked being governor and I worked the living daylights out of it, 24/7. I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning. I didn’t want to go to bed at night because I thought I could do something but this (U.S. Senate) has been very, very frustrating,” Manchin said.

The final decision may well come down to effectiveness.

“I’ve got to make a determination if this place is ever going to work the way it was supposed to,” Manchin said.