Democratic Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman suffered a stroke earlier this year, something which even liberal observers admit negatively impacted his performance in a debate last week against Republican challenger Dr. Mehmet Oz.
While President Joe Biden has attempted to shore up support for Fetterman, some of his recent remarks probably did more harm than good.
Biden says “Fetterman is everything that he appears to be”
When Biden was asked by a reporter this past Friday as to whether he was still feeling confident about the Pennsylvania Senate race following Fetterman’s debate, the president responded, “Yeah, I thought he was really good.”
“I thought he knew what he was doing. I thought he was strong,” Biden continued, adding, “I mean, Fetterman is everything that he appears to be.”
Biden praises Fetterman’s debate performance, says “he’s my kind of guy” pic.twitter.com/ZZ3RwQF7AZ
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) October 30, 2022
In fact, many of those who watched his debate with Oz concluded that Fetterman appears to be someone who is suffering from severe cognitive limitations.
Fetterman often struggled to remain coherent and at one point had difficulty attempting to reconcile his current support for fracking with having previously voiced opposition to the industry.
I love political theater. Pennsylvania debate:
Q: “But there is that 2018 interview where you said, ‘I don’t support fracking at all.’”
Fetterman: “[Silence] Oh. Uh. I do support fracking. And…I don’t. I don’t…I support fracking. And, I stand…and I do support fracking.” pic.twitter.com/J8BGPr3qqm
— Compound248: Grande Jumper (@compound248) October 26, 2022
Biden implied that Fetterman’s wife will be sitting in the Senate
This is not the first time that Biden has attempted to shore up support for Fetterman, as the president went out to campaign for him earlier this month.
Fox News noted that even this attempt went somewhat awry when Biden appeared to suggest that Fetterman’s wife, Gisele Fetterman, would end up serving in her husband’s place.
“John, thank you very much for running, I really do appreciate it,” the president said at an event in Pittsburgh. “And Gisele, you’re gonna be a great, great lady in the Senate.”
A poll published on October 26 by InsiderAdvantage shows Fetterman trailing Oz by 3 points.