President Joe Biden joined former President Barack Obama and Pennsylvania’s leading Democratic candidates in North Philadelphia, where he criticized “MAGA Republicans” and touted his bipartisan infrastructure law.
“Elect John Fetterman to the Senate, please. It will protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare. And it will ensure that veterans are always taken care of. Always, always, always,” Biden said to a packed crowd at The Liacouras Center on Temple University’s campus.
“My goal when I ran for president was to build an economy from the bottom up and from the middle. It’s a fundamental change from the trickledown economy of Oz and the mega MAGA Republicans,” Biden said, referring to Fetterman’s GOP opponent. Dr. Mehmet Oz.
As the crowd booed, the president continued: “No, really. This is not your father’s Republican Party. This is a different breed of cat. I mean it. Look, everybody’s out to get rich. And the richest. Stay rich. Class the middle is stiffened. The poor are poorer by their politics.”
Obama takes the stage: The former president offered a preview of the possibility of the losses of the Democrats.
“I can tell you from experience that midterms matter a lot,” Obama said, referring to the 2010 election that saw the GOP regain control of the House of Representatives during his first administration.
Obama’s speech was full of praise for Fetterman and Shapiro and contempt for their opponents.
“Josh’s opponent, woof. Oh yeah,” Obama said. “He is willing to take extreme positions on almost everything.”
The former president hit out at Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano’s position on abortion, recalling him wearing a Confederate war uniform in a 2013-14 Army War College faculty photo.
“Pennsylvania, let’s remember what century it is,” Obama said. “This would be funny, it would be an SNL sketch, if it weren’t so serious. You can’t let someone out of touch with reality dictate your situation.”
Obama could not hide his distaste for Oz.
“Who do you think knows more about budgets and paying the bills, John Fetterman or Dr. Oz? Come on,” Obama said.
Pennsylvania’s Democratic candidates make their case: Democratic Senate candidate Fetterman and gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro both spoke in front of Obama at Saturday night’s event.
Fetterman, who suffered a stroke in May, joked about appearing before the former president.
“Let me tell you, anybody who’s recovering from a stroke, really, the worst guy you’ve got to go before, Barack Obama has got to be the worst,” Fetterman said with a laugh.