Fetterman says he is “proud” to campaign with “100% treason-free” presidents, Biden and Obama

Washington — Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman said Thursday he is “proud” to appear alongside President Biden and former President Barack Obama in the final days of their Senate campaigns and praised both as “100% treason-free.” .

In an interview with CBS News chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa, Fetterman sought to compare the appearances scheduled for Saturday by Mr. Biden and Obama with that of his Republican rival, Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is a former President Donald Trump. will appear together. and GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano on the same day.

“I’m proud to be on stage with two presidents that both won Pennsylvania. They are 100% sedition-free and they reject extremism,” Fetterman told Costa. “And I’m never going to go on stage with someone like Doug Mastriano about extremism and undermining democracy and being an extremist on abortion.”

Fetterman said the temperature of political rhetoric should be lowered in the final days before the election, especially given that assault Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul Pelosi at their San Francisco home last week.

“We can all disagree on political issues, but we can never use the kind of rhetoric that will add to the heat that incites violence,” he said. “And we just need to remember that democracy is part of America’s promise, where, you know, there’s going to be some elections that you might like the result, you might dislike the result, but you stand.” And you accept that too. We don’t talk about how cheating happens or we don’t use strong and strong kind of language that incites more violence.”

While some Democrats in the competitive race have sought to distance themselves from Biden as the US continues to grapple with the economic pain of high inflation and rising interest rates, Fetterman is expected to attend including a Labor Day event with the president. Don’t be shy about. outside Pittsburgh. Mr. Biden and Obama are ready stump Fetterman and Democrats together in Philadelphia for governor nominee Josh Shapiro, while Obama will also participate At a get-out-the-vote rally with Fetterman in Pittsburgh.

The events in Pennsylvania coincide with a rally Trump is organizing at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport to promote Oz and Maastriano.

Fetterman and Oz are vying to fill a Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, retired Sen. Pat Toomey, and if Fetterman is successful, Democrats will take a seat. While polls held at the start of the general election season showed Fetterman with a wide lead over Oz, the race has waned with election day.

a CBS News Battleground Tracker Fetterman found Oz two points earlier they argued Last week. The Democrat was five points ahead a month ago.

Fetterman, 53, was sidelined just before the Democratic primary after a stroke and is still recovering, though voters have expressed doubts about his health.

However, the Senate hopeful told Costa that his doctors deemed him fit to serve and said his campaign had been transparent, sharing his medical assessment with the press.

“We’re five days out and I’ve been campaigning all over Pennsylvania, been in front of thousands and thousands and thousands of people, and we’re trying to be very, very transparent,” Fetterman said, highlighting his involvement. Argues with Oz despite knowing it will be a challenge.

“I’m going to memorize the words. I mean, there’s no secret about it,” he continued. “We’re just using captioning for this interview. And we’ve always been very transparent about it.”

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