'What is her endgame?' CNN's Jake Tapper admits to being confused by Kyrsten Sinema's strategy
Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema/Screenshot

On CNN Wednesday, a panel expressed confusion over the long-term strategy of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) as she holds out from agreeing to support the Build Back Better Act reconciliation plan.

"What is the endgame here for Senator Sinema?" said anchor Jake Tapper. "This is familiar territory for Joe Manchin who represents a very red state. But Arizona is purplish-red and her fellow Arizonan, Mark Kelly, is not doing this. What is she trying to do?"

"He's the one facing election again, re-election in a short period of time," agreed correspondent Kasie Hunt. "Certainly the Democrats I've talked to have been pretty frustrated with Sinema... because I think they think she seems to want to step into the spotlight and isn't willing to be clear on what she wants. Until there's a little more clarity, it's, I don't think, going to become clear. She wants to be a player."

"Manchin, I talked to him about this and he's clearly seems personally frustrated," added Hunt. "But this statement is newsy in that it lays down the line and says to Speaker Pelosi, hey, the ball is in your court. I'm not going to give you the agreement you asked for before tomorrow when you say you'll have a vote. You have to decide, are you going to lay out that gauntlet or pull back?"

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