Two PA Democrats Skipping Biden’s State Visit

Democratic candidates running in the state of Pennsylvania won’t be meeting with the delegation from the White House, according to a report by Newsmax

Two state candidates didn’t make time in their schedules to see the president in Pittsburgh on Friday as the president’s approval ratings have seemed to continue to plummet. 

According to The Associated Press‘s Thursday report the president could end up being more of a liability than a help to Democrats going into the 2022 midterm elections. 

“Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who is running for U.S. Senate in 2022, and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor the same year, will not attend due to ‘scheduling conflicts,'” their spokespeople told AP.

The candidate said he would miss seeing Biden in order to attend the Democratic state committee which is slated to begin on Friday in Harrisburg and conflicts with Biden’s visit. 

“It’s great that President Biden is coming to Pittsburgh to talk about infrastructure,” Fetterman said. But he said he’ll be in Harrisburg to talk to Democrats about the midterms.” 

As for the second Democrat not getting on board, Senate candidate Rep. Conor Lamb is also planning to visit the aforementioned gathering that conflicts with Biden’s visit. 

“President Biden first announced his infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh, and Conor looks forward to welcoming him back and talking about all the good jobs that bill will create in the Pittsburgh area and all over Pennsylvania,” said Lamb campaign manager Abby Nassif-Murphy.

Fetterman and Shapiro’s seeming snub to the president’s visit come as Democrats have begun to see where the rubber meets the road about what will offer them the best chance in the midterm elections. 

Currently, Biden’s approval rating stands at 41.5% and disapproval rating above 53.6% among likely or registered voters, according to FiveThirtyEight.

The two candidates who won’t be attending the visit have indicated that politics don’t have a bearing on their decision not to come on Friday, and Shapiro is said to have made three appearances with Biden last year. 

“Josh Shapiro is running to be the governor of Pennsylvania, and he’s focused on the issues that matter to Pennsylvania families,” the attorney general’s spokesperson, Will Simons, told AP.

“Like every American should, Josh wants our president to be successful, and we’ll continue welcoming President Biden to his home state of Pennsylvania,” Simons said.

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