Fetterman slams Washington, highlights nonpartisan solutions in new ad in crucial Pennsylvania Senate race

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EXCLUSIVE: Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman blames Washington DC for the country’s economic “mess” in a new TV ad by state Democratic Senate candidate Keystone.

“The truth is that our economy is a mess because of Washington. The rich, the powerful, the insiders and the lobbyists. They lie about me to calm down,” Fetterman told the camera in the spot, which was shared first with Fox News on Tuesday.

“It’s Washington’s fault. They made the rules, weakened our supply chain and drove up inflation,” Fetterman accuses in the ad, as he takes aim at a city where the White House and Congress are controlled by other Democrats.

“But we can fix our economy. We need to do more things in America. Lower taxes for working families. Congress shouldn’t play the stock market. And stand up to whoever gets in the way. That’s what I believe,” Fetterman said. says, as he highlights what his campaign describes as “patriotic, pro-American, pro-worker, and just plain common sense policies.”

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But the ad’s economic theme seems to contrast somewhat with progress in job creation and wage growth, as well as the recent drop in gas prices, which the Biden administration repeatedly points out. .

Fetterman’s campaign says the ad was shot in late July and they’re spending in the six figures to run it on TV in the Pittsburgh, Scranton and Johnstown markets, and on statewide cable on Fox News. . They say the ad is part of the campaign’s ongoing seven-figure advertising blitz.

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Fetterman takes on heart surgeon and famed physician Mehmet Oz in the fight to succeed retired GOP Senator Pat Toomey on the Pennsylvania battleground. Democrats view Pennsylvania as an excellent pick-up opportunity and the race is one of the few key swing states across the country that will decide whether to retain their Senate majority or if Republicans regain control of the chamber.

Lt. Governor John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, speaks at a rally in Erie, Pa., Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.
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Fetterman returned to the campaign trail on Friday — at a large rally in Erie, Pennsylvania — for the first time since suffering a stroke in mid-May. Fetterman, wearing his black hoodie, acknowledged that “three months ago my life could have ended. That’s the truth.” But he also aimed to reassure Keystone State voters that he was healthy enough to run for the Senate.

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Despite being sidelined for three months, Fetterman holds a solid advantage over Oz in the race for campaign money and enjoys a lead in the latest public opinion polls. A Fox News poll taken in late July indicated Fetterman with an 11-point lead over Oz.

Dr. Mehmet Oz speaks during a Republican leadership forum on May 11, 2022 in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Mehmet Oz speaks during a Republican leadership forum on May 11, 2022 in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
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Fetterman easily edged his rivals in May’s Democratic Senate primary.

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Oz, who until his Senate campaign launch late last year was the host of the popular “Dr. Oz Show” on television, narrowly edged former hedge fund executive Dave McCormick. former Treasury Department official, West Point graduate, Gulf War veteran, in a crowded field of GOP contenders. The race for the Republican nomination went to overtime, with McCormick conceding in early June.

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