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(RepublicanWire.org) – MSNBC host Katy Tur speculated on Wednesday that Pennsylvania Senator-Elect John Fetterman could run for the presidency someday.

Fetterman’s victory against Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz provided Democrats a flipped Senate seat on Tuesday, in which several MSNBC panelists praised him for bringing new leadership tactics to the Democratic Party.

Tur floated the viability of, “Fetterman, as a nominee at some point for president,” before later going on to say that his record for surpassing President Biden and former President Trump’s vote share in the state. 

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell declared that she had extensive experience with Pennsylvania, and praised Fetterman for making so much progress with voters.

“I spent a lot of time covering this race, and with Pennsylvania politics, going back some decades, and I started my career there, but the fact that John Fetterman did, first of all, so much better with White non-college-educated voters. Better than Biden, better than Trump, so he ran ahead of both of them, but he also, you know, did fairly well in the cities and in the unintelligible counties.”

She attributed multiple reasons for Fetterman’s victory, including merely being more palatable to many voters than his Republican opposition.

“I attribute that partly due to the extremism at the top of the ticket in Pennsylvania,” she said. “With Mastriano, Dr. Oz’s comments on abortion, which part of that debate that perhaps did not get as much attention, it got attention from the professionals, but not from a lot of the media, because that really was as big of a deal coming out of that debate as Fetterman’s performance.”

Fetterman was criticized in the final days of the campaign for his lack of transparency over his recovery from a stroke, inconsistent answers on issues like fracking and a widely panned debate performance last month.

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki praised Fetterman for appealing to voters through authenticity.

“I also think he ran everywhere in the state, which is a lesson for Democrats. He left no stone unturned. And he ran as exactly who he is. I mean I have no doubt that if John Fetterman were sitting here, if he were in a bar or if he was with his family in a restaurant, he would be exactly the same person,” she said. “And voters completely see through that. So that is also a lesson for Democrats, too. This is a guy you know who he is, you know what you’re getting, and that ultimately matters in politics.”

Tur went one step above praising his performance as a candidate for Senate, suggesting he could aim for the presidency but acknowledged there are “some variables.” 

“I know there’s some variables, obviously, but I just, you know, what he did in the super-red, deep-red parts of Pennsylvania and the way that he ran ahead of Biden, ran ahead of Trump, and it makes you wonder about his future,” she said. 

Fetterman, the 6-foot, 8-inch lieutenant governor and former mayor of tiny Braddock, Pennsylvania, eked out a narrow win over Oz despite a shocking performance in their only debate. Fetterman began the October 26 by telling viewers, “Goodnight, everybody,” and then proceeded to give a number of head-scratching answers that invited both pity and ridicule.

At one point, he was confronted with his past conflicting statements on fracking.

“I do support fracking — I don’t, I don’t — I support fracking, and I stand — and I do support fracking,” he stammered.

Speeches on the campaign trail have also included incomprehensible soundbites as Fetterman continues to rely on a closed captioning system to field and respond to questions.

“I think that anyone who ever plays football in high school was, you know, at kind of a trade out kind of football camp and there wasn’t any interest I have come play here,” he told a rally just prior to Election Day.

But Fetterman, who campaigned as a blue-collar everyman, typically donning baggy shorts and a hoodie on the trail, was an inspiration to many liberals, including Tur, for his effort to overcome the stroke, which occurred just days before he won the Keystone State’s Democratic primary.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman stumbled during Tuesday’s debate with his GOP challenger, Dr. Mehmet Oz, after he was asked about prior statements he made in opposition to fracking, a process he now says he has “always supported.”

“I’ve always supported fracking and I always believe that independence with our energy is critical, and we can’t be held, you know, ransom to somebody like Russia,” Fetterman said. “I’ve always believed that energy independence is critical and I’ve always believed that — and I do support fracking, never taken any money from their industry, but I support how critical it is that we produce our energy and create energy independence.”

Pressed on the issue and how to “square” his previous comments against fracking with his current position, Fetterman said, “I do support fracking, and I don’t, I don’t — I support fracking, and I stand, and I do support fracking.”

Fetterman, currently Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, supported a complete moratorium on fracking in the state, according to an April 2016 Facebook post from Pennsylvania Voters Against Fracking.

He also said during a 2016 debate, during his first run for Senate, that he supported a fracking moratorium.

Even CNN fact checked John Fetterman, and decided Fetterman has indeed flip flopped.

In a 2018 YouTube interview, Fetterman said, “I don’t support fracking, at all, and I never have.”

“I’ve signed the no fossil fuels money pledge,” he added at the time. “I have never received a dime from any natural gas or oil company whatsoever.”

In addition, as previously reported in July, Fetterman called the Pennsylvania fracking industry a “stain” on the state and recounted his own “extremely privileged” upbringing in Reddit posts during his unsuccessful 2016 run for Senate.

“I’m not pro-fracking and have stated that if we did things right in this state, we wouldn’t have fracking,” Fetterman wrote in one Reddit post. “The industry is a stain on our state and natural resources. But yes, of course I worry about the viability of getting a ban on fracking done when the industry is already so entrenched in Pennsylvania,” he said, adding that he had “signed the Food and Water Watch’s pledge to end Fracking.”

Contrary to previous remarks he had offered related to fracking, Fetterman and his campaign have walked back his past support for anti-fossil fuel leasing policies.

“John does not support a fracking moratorium or ban. If you were paying attention to our campaign, you would have known this has not been his position for years and that he was attacked in the primary over his support of fracking,” Fetterman campaign spokesperson Joe Calvello told Fox News Digital in a July email. “In fact, throughout his career John has stood up to politicians to fight for U.S. Steel’s right to build fracking wells.”

“John believes that we have to preserve the union way of life for the thousands of workers currently employed or supported by the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania and the communities where they live,” he added.

Many weighed in to voice their concerns on Fetterman’s well being.

Fetterman, who suffered a near-fatal stroke in May, said in his opening remarks that he might miss words during the debate due to his ongoing auditory processing recovery.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The race for PA senator continues to rage. We know that the Democrat candidate, John Fetterman, just suffered a stroke and wants to legalize heroin.

But that’s just for starters. He openly opposes charters that would help poor students go to better schools.

Meanwhile, his own kids are enrolled in an elitist prep school.

Pennsylvania Senate hopeful John Fetterman (D.) opposes vouchers that let children in failing public school districts attend private and charter schools. But the progressive champion, who lives in one of Pennsylvania’s worst performing school districts, sends his kids to an elite prep school.

Fetterman opposes the school choice agenda that helps put kids in good schools. But at the same time, he sends his kids to Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh.

Tuition for that school is $34,250 a year. Fetterman sends them to this elite school because they live in the worst-performing district for public schools.

Fetterman’s campaign tries to contrast him as a working-class brand of candidate, by doing things like pointing to Mehmet Oz’s multiple homes and so forth. But that won’t wash, when the facts are put on the table for voters about who he actually is.

It’s not hard to see how this blatant hypocrisy on Fetterman’s part about education only helps Oz, whom two recent polls show is within striking distance of overtaking the Democrat in November. The ground-shaking lesson we learned from Glenn Youngkin‘s win in Virginia’s 2021 gubernatorial race can’t be forgotten; Republicans, if they’re smart, will take this ball and run with it.