Fetterman Desperate, Looks To Unpopular Biden For Boost

Due to President Joe Biden’s stubbornly low approval rating, a number of Democratic candidates have opted not to campaign alongside him ahead of next month’s midterm elections.

For Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman, however, it is apparently worth the risk of appearing with an unpopular president as he faces a tight race against GOP rival Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Fetterman, who suffered a serious stroke earlier this year, has been largely absent from the campaign trail as he deals with apparent cognitive issues stemming from the near-fatal emergency.

With less than a month left until Election Day, he is planning a fundraising event next month with Biden on the guest list. Polls show that the race is becoming closer, though Fetterman still appears to have an edge on Oz in most surveys.

Since Biden won the 2020 race in Pennsylvania, the Fetterman campaign clearly believes that the president can help him finish this campaign on a strong note.

For his part, Oz responded to the news with a tweet outlining Biden’s dismal track record thus far in his administration.

The Republican candidate has also repeatedly questioned his rival’s fitness to serve in the Senate. In addition to Fetterman’s health concerns, the Oz campaign has highlighted his soft-on-crime record in public office as a reason for voters to oppose his candidacy.

While a far-left candidate like Fetterman might benefit from an association with the president, Democratic candidates elsewhere across the country are actively avoiding Biden and other establishment party figures.

During a recent debate, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (R-OH), who is running for a Senate seat against Republican J.D. Vance emphasized his independence from the national Democratic Party machine.

“No, I won’t be asking the president to come in — or very, very few, if any, national people to come in and actually campaign with us, because I want to be the main face, the main messenger of that of this campaign,” he said.

Stressing his roots in the state more than allegiance to a party, he declared that his is “an Ohio family that wants to connect with other Ohioans.”