President Joe Biden vouches for Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman, calling him an “impressive individual” amid questions about his ongoing recovery from a stroke.
Biden will fly to Philadelphia on Thursday to raise money for Fetterman in his fight against Trump-backed candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz, with a financial boost that will help Fetterman reduce more cutting ads that ridicule Oz.
Fetterman gave a sit-down TV interview with NBC in which he vouched for his own recovery, saying he relies on transcription software to better understand questions and avoid mistakes.
“Speaking only of the president’s personal conversation with Lieutenant Governor Fetterman, the president has found him to be an impressive person, and as capable…as ever, carrying out his duties,” Karine Jean-Pierre, press secretary of the White House said Monday when asked about Fetterman.
“He is currently the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, and he does so with great skill and genuine concern for the people of the Commonwealth. So yes, the president feels he’s very capable of doing the job,” she said.
Impressive person: President Biden believes John Fetterman is ‘very capable of doing governor’s job,’ said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
As usual when asked questions related to politics, she quoted the Hatch Act and said it limits her ability to speak at length.
Jean-Pierre pointed to the upcoming meeting with Biden, but declined to say whether polar reporters would be admitted to the event.
“And they’re going to see each other again, as you’ll notice on Thursday, but the President and Lieutenant Governor Fetterman have had a lot of interaction over the past few months,” she said.
She also warded off general questions about Biden’s itinerary. He has just returned from a trip to California and Oregon and has planned a visit to Florida soon, but has no campaign rallies on hotly contested battlefields.
Jean-Pierre spoke ahead of a Thursday fundraising drive that Biden is holding in Philadelphia with Fetterman
Fetterman occasionally looked at a captioned screen during an NBC sit-down interview
‘I’m going in January’ [to] become, you know, much better,” Pennsylvania Lt. gov. John Fetterman, who is recovering from the effects of a stroke. NBC reporter Dasha Burns was criticized for saying after their interview that Fetterman seemed to be struggling to strike up a conversation for their on-air chat
President Biden has traveled often, but has not held rallies in many nearby battlefields
Fetterman will debate with Dr. Mehmet Ozu
That raises questions about whether Democrats would rather not appear in tough races with the president, whose approval ratings have consistently been underwater.
“Look, he goes where he is most needed,” Jean-Pierre said.
Fetterman will debate Republican Dr. oz.
He told NBC in last week’s sit-down, “I don’t think it will have an impact,” when asked about his recovery.
“I feel like I’m going to get better and better every day. And in January I’m going [to] be, you know, much better. and dr. Oz will still be an impostor,” he said, taunting the opponent who has ridiculed his media team like a carpet-bagger with ads and billboards.
NBC reporter Dasha Burns was criticized for saying after their interview that Fetterman seemed to be struggling to strike up a conversation for their on-air chat.
“It wasn’t clear he understood our conversation,” she said.
That sparked a backlash from reporter Kara Swisher, who conducted her own interview with Fetterman and suffered a stroke herself. “This is just nonsense. Maybe this reporter is just bad at small talk.’
Fetterman pulverized a few words in the interview, saying that captioning helps.
“Occasionally I miss a word,” he said. ‘Occasionally. Or sometimes I may confuse two words. But as long as I have subtitles, I can understand exactly what is being asked.’