Fetterman 2024? MSNBC Panelist Floats PA Stroke Survivor As Next Democrat Hope
Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman speaks to supporters gathered in Dickinson Square Park in Philadelphia on October 23, 2022, as he campaigns for the US Senate. - The US midterm election is scheduled for November 8, 2022.

Fetterman 2024?

An MSNBC panel on Wednesday seriously raised the prospect of Pennsylvania senator-elect John Fetterman seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in two years. Fetterman, who overcame a May stroke that left him with an alarming inability to process or respond to questions to defeat Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz, could be just what the party needs, according to Katy Tur.

“Fetterman as a nominee at some point for president, um, I know there are some variables, obviously,” Tur said, as chuckles could be heard from other panelists, including Jen Psaki, Michael Steele and Andrea Mitchell. “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, as you said, ran ahead of Trump, it just makes you wonder about his future.”

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.

Tur did not specify when the 53-year-old Fetterman, who supports freeing up to one-third of Pennsylvania’s prisoners, might make a presidential run. President Joe Biden, despite approval ratings that hover around 40% and a looming 80th birthday, has said he intends to run for re-election. But there have been whispers about the party seeking an alternative candidate, possibly even to mount a primary challenge.

If Fetterman can parlay his Senate victory into a presidential run just two years into his term in the upper chamber, it could replicate the arc of a former first-term senator from Illinois who went on to serve two terms in the White House, former President Obama.

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