Democratic Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman did not to speak at an event with President Biden Thursday.
Fetterman greeted the president on the tarmac as he touched down in Pittsburgh but was nowhere to be found during Biden’s infrastructure speech at the Fern Hollow Bridge, which recently collapsed.
Despite the candidate’s absence at the event, Biden praised Fetterman, who is currently in a close Senate race against Dr. Mehmet Oz.
“John, thank you very much for running, I really do appreciate it. And Gisele, you’re going to be a great, great lady in the Senate,” Biden said of Fetterman and his wife.
I attempted to ask Lt. Gov. John Fetterman if he was satisfied on the construction progress of the Fern Hollow Bridge prior to @POTUS Biden's speech on October 20, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Fetterman's wife tells me that they are there to celebrate and not do interviews. pic.twitter.com/LfLaXMZTpB— Kyle Mazza (@KyleMazzaWUNF) October 20, 2022
Critics of Fetterman and the president questioned the candidate’s decision not to speak alongside Biden at the event.
Why didn’t John Fetterman speak at his event with Joe Biden? 🤔— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 20, 2022
One Twitter user wrote, “John Fetterman is in such bad shape that they didn’t even let him speak at the event with noted dementia patient Joe Biden.”
John Fetterman is in such bad shape that they didn’t even let him speak at the event with noted dementia patient Joe Biden.— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 20, 2022
Another user speculated Fetterman’s campaign thought appearing with Biden would make the candidate look bad.
“The Fetterman campaign didn’t want noted wordsmith Joe Biden making him look bad,” the user wrote.
The Fetterman campaign didn’t want noted wordsmith Joe Biden making him look bad.— Carolina (@RealAppraiserSC) October 20, 2022
Biden appeared lost at the conclusion of his speech. Click here to watch the video.
What a mess.— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) October 20, 2022
Reporter tries to ask Fetterman a question. Fetterman runs away.
Then he asks Biden a question. Biden runs up to his face and mumbles something unintelligible. pic.twitter.com/JVNmSmEgdW