President Joe Biden trolled Republican US Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz while supporting his Democratic rival John Fetterman during a trip to Pennsylvania.
The president supported Fetterman, the state’s current lieutenant governor, during visits to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia on Thursday. Though Fetterman had a double-digit lead over Oz in some polls released over the summer, his lead has evaporated as Election Day approaches, with more recent polls suggesting the contest could be heading for a photo finish.
The president said at a fundraiser in Philadelphia in front of around 100 donors on Thursday evening that Fetterman was one of the “good guys”. The Philadelphia investigator. Biden, who was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Delaware when he was 10, then taunted Oz, noting that the famous doctor had also attended high school in Delaware.
“He went to high school in Delaware,” the president reportedly said during the event. “But Delaware was smart enough to send him to New Jersey.”
Fetterman has frequently accused Oz of walking the carpet during his campaign, and deceives the Republican by often pointing out that he has been a resident of New Jersey for decades and was a Pennsylvania resident only relatively recently.
After a campaign ad published by Oz over the summer appeared to show him in a location suspiciously similar to his New Jersey home, Fetterman tweeted“Pro Tip: Don’t film your PA Senate campaign ads from your New Jersey mansion.”
A fundraising page on the Fetterman campaign website promises that donations to Democratic nominee “Dr. Oz to be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame,” describing him as “a huge New Jersey celebrity who has lived there for three decades.”
Biden also snidely described Oz Thursday as “a perfect example of a MAGA Republican,” while praising Fetterman’s “character” and urging Pennsylvania voters “don’t screw it up” by voting for Oz.
The President has recently used harsher rhetoric against former President Donald Trump and many of his “MAGA” supporters. During a fiery speech in Pennsylvania on Labor Day, he warned that “MAGA Republicans” could destroy democracy and send the country down a “sliding path to oblivion.”
Brittany Yanick, Oz’s communications director, narrated news week in a statement that Biden’s visit Thursday was “an attempt to distract from the serious problems facing Pennsylvania families as a result of John Fetterman’s radical policies.”
She said Fetterman has “voted to free convicted murderers, tried to shut down Pennsylvania’s energy production, pushed for wasteful inflationary spending, campaigned for the decriminalization of fentanyl and the opening of heroin injection sites in our communities.”
“You just can’t cover these up even though the Pennsylvanians are injured,” Yanick continued. “We need real change that will bring Washington back into balance – and Dr. Oz is the only one who will do that in the US Senate.”
Fetterman currently has a 2.4 point poll advantage over Oz, according to an average of recent RealClearPolitics polls. However, the site has also predicted that Oz will win the Senate election.
The prediction that Oz will be victorious is based on the assumption that polls underestimate support for the Republicans, which has been the case in some previous elections. The contest’s most recent poll, released Thursday by InsiderAdvantage/FOX 29, shows the contestants tied.
news week has reached out to the White House for comment.
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