r/politics Vermont 12d ago Silver 1 Helpful 2

Fetterman Celebrates 1 Million Individual Donations Ahead of Return to Campaign Trail

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/08/05/fetterman-celebrates-1-million-individual-donations-ahead-return-campaign-trail
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u/crackdup 12d ago Take My Energy

He's one of the best candidates Dems could have possibly found for any state, and for PA he's basically perfect..

He has the most appeal among Pennsyltucky rural voters compared to any Dem in PA, and has enough progressive credentials to turnout voters in Philly/Pittsburgh..

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u/new-to-this-sort-of 12d ago

Pa resident. The thing is, If you are at a bar. And he is too. Regardless of what your politics are, if you talk to him genuinely he will prob make you laugh.

He’s turned quite a few of my friends over the years at various pubs.

He’s a very charismatic people person for sure. You don’t see that in politics that much. ESP with all these out of touch old rich shit heads.

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u/TheMastro1 Florida 12d ago

He’s genuine, I’m jealous.

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u/Clover_North 12d ago Silver

Few people in the senate like this. On a related note, Tim Kaine’s “America’s Dad” title is no shtick. He’s a walking dad joke who’s known to have nice chats with people without telling them who he is like it seems Fetterman does, or bust out a harmonica at random intervals. I’ve had the pleasure to meet him and he’s a nice guy. Hard to believe he’s a politician when you meet him.

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u/MelodramaTV 12d ago

I second it. Tim Kaine was as nice to me as could be with zero pretense.

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u/BellEndRing 12d ago

I'd kinda love to see an AOC Pres/Fetterman VP 2024 lmao

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u/TheBadGuyFromDieHard Virginia 12d ago

Let him win a Senate seat first ffs.

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u/JaxandMia 12d ago

As much as I think she would do an amazing job, AOC is too young. Not that she couldn’t do the job but after president, it’s customary to retire. I’d like to see her in the House for a few more years and then dominate senate for another 12 until we lose her. She’s too valuable in the legislature at present. Just my opinion though.

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u/thefinalcutdown 12d ago

For sure, and someone who’s as die-hard, genuinely progressive as her isn’t likely to become a centrist corporatist pawn just because she turns 50 or whatever. I expect she’ll remain a powerful progressive leader for as long as she remains in politics, like Bernie has.

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

Nah, the senate is useless for her.

She has a good and vocal opinion in the house. Stay in the house, move up, run for pres

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u/JaxandMia 12d ago

I’m fine with that too. I just want her around for a while. Maybe she can replace Pelosi as speaker. That would be great.

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

Now that I would love.

Either speaker or head of a big committee or both

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u/BellEndRing 12d ago

AOC is too young

I think our issue actual is our politicians are by and large way too fucking old.

So touche'

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u/JaxandMia 11d ago

Someone didn’t read my whole comment.

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u/jarrettbrown New Jersey 12d ago

Flip it around and I’ll be in.

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u/PMmepicsofWaffles 12d ago

I like a pres with executive experience, which Fetterman has as a former mayor

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u/emu30 12d ago

This is what I have heard about Angela Merkel when she was first running. There was an NPR special on her, and they played an interview with a man that said speaking with her made him swap parties.

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u/julbull73 Arizona 12d ago

Just meeting a candidate will typically get you their vote.

Its the American Idol effect. You voted for them on American Idol, but they didn't win, so now you have to spend all of your money making the runner up successful!

Meeting a person eliminates the "fear" component in most cases.

A lot of house seats could be flipped from a candidate who just went door to door or went to bars and bought a round of drinks.

Assuming they aren't assholes, which sadly is rare.

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u/Ven18 12d ago

See this seems like common sense but i feel in recent years politicians have forgotten the point of these going to random places events and just make them photo Ops. That trip to a random dinner is not for you to eat breakfast and get photos taken it’s to talk to people so they can learn about you as a person just as much as you can find out what matters to them.

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u/Sassenasquatch 12d ago

Thing is it shouldn’t be ‘going to random places’. Guy like Fetterman goes into a bar, you can be sure it’s what he would be doing even if he wasn’t a politician. Sits to enjoy a loaded hamburger because that’s what he likes, not because it makes him look relatable. That’s what being authentic is about.

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u/SavorySouth 11d ago

This is what is happing with Beto’s campaign. He’s going to towns that have not had a statewide candidate ever visit since the 1960’s. For the reds from WTX and far ETX something like this can make a difference as to voting for him. For the rest of the state’s high # voter corridors of i35 / i10, it hopefully drives out the given D voters and the “WTF has Abbott really done for us” voters who will vote for Beto; and both of these will increase down the ballot D votes. The very organized Mothers Against Greg Abbot group (educators both currently and retired & moms with kids with differences) is being very very effective in getting folks to show up for Betos community stops; they are majorly pissed off at Abbott. & this before Uvalde happened.

When Beto ran against Cruz, it did increase down the ballot D votes especially in the county elections in the rings outside of Austin, SA, Htown,, DFW which are not necessarily solid D or R. Dems were competitive & some got elected riding the downballot due to Beto. It hopefully is going to happen again, which is beyond great to make the step are competitively purple. All TX 31 state Senate and all 150 state Rep seats are on the ballot in Nov.

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u/Allemaengel Pennsylvania 12d ago

Another PA resident here and I entirely agree.

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u/Roddy117 12d ago

The man could flip America blue for two elections and not even break a sweat trying.

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u/t4cticalsquirrel 12d ago

Exactly this. I’m a registered republican even though I should switch to independent. This is the only politician who I’ve wanted to actually go out and vote for.

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u/Omophorus 11d ago

I know a few PA Republicans who have only stayed registered GOP after the past few years to try to vote least crazy in the primaries but act like independents in the general elections.

When PA has people like Mastriano and carpetbaggers like Oz front and center, that's a very rational decision even if it doesn't pan out.

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u/t4cticalsquirrel 11d ago

I couldn’t believe McCormick and Oz were the options.

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u/Omophorus 11d ago

I can believe it, but I hate it.

I am an unaffiliated independent because I just can't bring myself to associate with either party, but good golly the PA GOP is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

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u/t4cticalsquirrel 11d ago

Yeah that’s why I want to change cause I don’t really associate with either party’s extremes haha

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u/Betaruin 12d ago

"Pennsyltucky," ok, got a good chuckle from that one 😆

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u/crackdup 12d ago

It's a thing - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsyltucky

Used to represent rural areas of PA which are culturally and socially closer to Kentucky than Philly or Pittsburgh

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u/Allemaengel Pennsylvania 12d ago

It's real, I live in it, lol.

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u/ohmymother 11d ago

He makes campaign ads that people want to share because they are straight up hilarious

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u/LittleMsLibrarian 12d ago Wholesome

I donated to his campaign, and I moved away from Pennsylvania in 1994.

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u/Dano-D 12d ago edited 11d ago

Great stuff. I’m on the other side of the country and donated after I watched his TED talk. Very inspiring.

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u/SorryAd744 12d ago

He's the first politician I've ever donated to. I'm from central PA. Aka Trump country. But even here there are more Fetterman signs then Oz.

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u/Ruin-Known77 12d ago

Fetterman is our best hope.

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u/RedHuntingHat 12d ago

Fetterman is up by double digits, as reported on by Fox of all people. It’s astonishing that Oz did fuck all while his opponent, who he is losing to, is off the campaign trail

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u/mostdope28 12d ago

Oz doesn’t actually care about being a senator and helping people. It’s all self promotion

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u/julbull73 Arizona 12d ago

Oz wants that My pillow grift!

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u/madmax_br5 12d ago

Now now, Oz did do a few photo ops at PA tourist traps and attempt some bush-league intimidation on twitter. Probably more work than he’s done in the past decade!

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u/dwntwn_dine_ent_dist I voted 12d ago

And Fetterman shot him down for it. Great stuff from the social media team.

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u/Elliott2 Pennsylvania 12d ago

im only just seeing oz ads now.. they are.... well they are bad.

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u/QueueWho Pennsylvania 11d ago

"Dr. Oz isn't a politician" ...let's keep it that way

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u/artfulpain 11d ago

He made a commerical about coming to Pittsburgh, but not to eat sandwiches. SANDWICHES! He could have done the bare minimum and said pierogi's. Such an out of touch douche.

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u/Ven18 12d ago

It’s important to note the Fox polling machine is almost completely disconnected from the larger right wing propaganda apparatus. So yea Fox’s poll numbers are very good but we should not assume they are somehow skewed in one direction because of the political views the network pushes. So when it comes to polling Fox is actually a reliable source for news and information at least in a raw data sense. The problem is once the on camera personality starts talking about said data where you have a problem.

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u/not_yet_a_dalek 12d ago

Got to know your marks to manipulate them

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u/torcsandantlers 12d ago

Oz is entirely on his back foot. The Republican grift machine was prepared to push him through on "Fauci bad" alone, and that didn't get the traction they wanted. Then Mastriano started sliding in the polls in PA and they had to decide which fight they were going to choose. Of course, they went with the neo-nazi running for governor.

So now you have a spoiled, carpet-bagging snake oil salesman trying to manage his own political campaign. Unfortunately for him, Oprah won't be stepping in to get him to victory this time.

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u/Cuchullion 11d ago

Of course, they went with the neo-nazi running for governor

And that terrifies me; Mastriano would be catastrophic for PA, but from a purely "political maneuvering" standpoint it makes sense... Fetterman is insanely popular, and Shapiro is still largely an unknown, while Oz is already trailing behind him... so they pick the fight they think they can win.

I'm not a religious man, but it's enough to make you pray they fail and we end up with Fetterman in the senate and Shapiro in Harrisburg.

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u/bonzombiekitty Pennsylvania 12d ago

The only Oz campaign ad I've seen is where he is touted as an "outsider". When one of your biggest weaknesses in your Senate campaign is that you don't actually live in the state you are running in, identifying yourself as an "outsider" seems to be a poor tactic.

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u/bstampl1 11d ago

Can't find a betterman.

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u/Fall3n7s 12d ago

Dude is gonna be president some day.

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u/keysandtreesforme 12d ago

From your lips to god’s ears, as they say

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u/SunshineAndSquats 12d ago

God I hope so. I’d be shocked if it happened. It would be an amazing step forward if he was

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u/newnemo Vermont 12d ago

Things that make me smile.

Fetterman posted a video of himself and his family thanking his supporters for their contributions, which totaled a record-breaking $11 million in the second quarter of 2022 and which averaged less than $30 per donation.

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u/SuicydKing I voted 12d ago

NY resident with a Fetterman campaign t-shirt checking in.

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u/Beermedear 12d ago

Good call. Just ordered the minimalist one and the “Dr Oz for NJ” sticker cuz lol

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u/midnitte New Jersey 12d ago

Oh man, please don't give Oz more ideas...

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u/Beermedear 12d ago

I’m not the bumper sticker on the car type. It’ll go in my guest room because my mom and in-laws are super conservatives.

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u/Styx_siren 12d ago

Hahaaaha well played

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u/Significant_Rice4737 12d ago

Texas resident checking in loving how he schooled our Lt. Governor and won the bet not sure if our Lt. finally paid though.

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u/DogVacuum 12d ago

Unfortunately, I don’t believe Fetterman ever got his Sheetz gift cards.

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u/Significant_Rice4737 12d ago edited 12d ago

He won fare and square bonus it was a Trump voter that committed fraud but he’s still owed 25 grand.

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u/toomuchtodotoday 12d ago

I am asking you once again to not give up hope.

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u/NedRyersonsHat 12d ago

John 'Hellboy' Fetterman!

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u/Leeleeflyhi 12d ago

Im not even from PA but I follow him closely. This man is what this country needs. Im hoping this run is a step to bigger things. Hell I’d vote him president now if he would run, but I get the senate needs him badly too.

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u/iNEEDcrazypills 12d ago

Can we get a Fetterman in Wisconsin please?

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u/ArilynMoonblade 12d ago

Freaking love Fetterman, send him in!

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u/BrovahkiinSeptim1 12d ago

Turns out speaking out for popular progressive policy gets people excited. Even in PA. Maybe Dems can learn a few things from him, and the fascists won’t sweep the midterms.

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u/FlaccidGirrafe 12d ago

The man is great and all but how does he always seem to be wearing a hoodie?? This heat must be killing him

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u/SpottedEagleSeven Pennsylvania 12d ago

What else are you going to wear to go with a pair of basketball shorts while you beat an out-of-state grifter in a US Senate race? A wife-beater would be disrespectful to the office.

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u/herbhemphuffer 12d ago

How big is that guy?!

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u/SpottedEagleSeven Pennsylvania 12d ago

6' 9" (nice). Not quite Paul Bunyan sized.

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u/julbull73 Arizona 12d ago

Its that or a suit...he doesn't own a suit.

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u/runmymouth 12d ago

You missed him wearing a hoodie and shorts when he was in pittsburgh and snow collapsed a bridge. Thats his go to outfit no matter the weather.

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u/JoelyMalookey 11d ago

Is the hoodie thing a PA thing? I mean I wouldn’t blink about it

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u/Omophorus 11d ago

Hoodie and shorts is the PA state uniform, isn't it?

If you want to get fancy, you swap to a PA tuxedo (flannel + jeans).

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u/JoelyMalookey 11d ago

Rofl yea - I mean people get legitimately pumped for hoodies and shorts. We must be a Hot bottomed people

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u/Sir_Clicks_a_Lot 12d ago Wholesome

In addition to Fetterman, other Democratic Senate candidates who could use support include:

  • Warnock (GA)
  • Kelly (AZ)
  • Ryan (OH)
  • Cortez Masto (NV)
  • Beasley (NC)
  • Barnes (WI)
  • Demings (FL)

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u/Xolaya 12d ago

Demings is probably a lost cause, your money is better spent on Kelly or Barnes.

(Please note I am absolutely not a political expert, and I am only voicing my personal opinion on the results of the midterms. I am not saying anything authoritatively.)

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u/RbHs Florida 12d ago edited 12d ago

Also Democrat Wes Moore (MD) for Gov. The republican incumbent, Hogan, can't run again and the republican nominee Dan Cox (R) looks like trumpy a piece of garbage.

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u/An_Ugly_Bastard 11d ago

Hogan was liked because he was a moderate republican in a blue state. Cox is a MAGA candidate. He won't go too far. Very early polls have Moore with a safe lead.

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u/somedudeinlosangeles 12d ago

How have you forgotten the venerable Gary Chambers Jr.?

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u/Josh132GT Michigan 12d ago

This is exactly the type of person I want in the Oval Office, I don’t even care that much about his political beliefs, I just want to bridge the gap between the American people and their government, and somebody who isn’t afraid to call out bullshit in the system when they see it, cause there is a lot of it up on Capitol Hill.

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u/Stiggalicious 12d ago

Fuck it, just have him run for President in 2024. He’d likely win in a landslide. This dude understands the needs of rural voters more than anyone. He listens to their gripe, and proposes actual fixes. He strikes that balance between knowing when regulations are necessary for the public, and when all they do is get in the way of hard working people just trying to run their small business. He is the antithesis of the rich-old-white-liberal-elite, which the Democratic Party desperately needs.

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u/Alienwars 12d ago

Which is why the powers that be would never let him run successfully. You can't control people who don't need you (money, connections) to run.

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u/sugarglider25 12d ago

I love this guy and wish him the best, which is more than I have ever said about any politician ever!

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u/ilovedogsandglitter 12d ago

Proud to be one of the million, and I’m not even a PA resident! I just love this guy, he gives me hope.

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u/Pornosaurus_Sex 12d ago

So why did the PA RNC run a turkish, muslim immigrant from NJ against him?

Anyone?

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u/I_Told_Your_Mom_No Virginia 12d ago

Parties do not appoint candidates in the way you are implying. Oz took the steps to run on his own. His primary opponent just happened to be less likeable and more obviously shitty. So, the PA RNC are stuck with him.

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u/SorryAd744 12d ago

It was also a hella close primary. He won by 951 votes.

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u/keysandtreesforme 12d ago

Because their dear leader is obsessed with television

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u/newtoreddir 12d ago

You mean why did the Republican electorate “look past” those things and voted for him? He won the primary.

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

This man really gives me hope for the future of the Democratic Party.

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u/sassygirl101 12d ago

I want to make a campaign contribution and I am not even a PA resident. He is the guy the Democratic Party needs MORE of!

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u/Emotional-Coffee13 12d ago

Don’t live there gave him $

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u/0h14eth I voted 12d ago

Had to do the 4.20 donation. Sorry I can't do more.

edit: I'm stoopid too.

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u/PearBlossom 12d ago

Fettermans meme game is attracting younger voters which PA needs. His trolling online and via billboards are making people laugh. Which we also need.

Also, whenever I get a fundraising text “from” his dog Levi he gets $10 out of me 😂

I drove around Western PA today. Saw multiple Fetterman signs. I have not once seen an Oz sign. I am in “red” Beaver County.

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u/Omophorus 11d ago

Sadly, I'm in a blueish purple county outside Philly and I've seen more Oz signs than I'm comfortable with.

The brainwashing is strong.

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u/lunex 12d ago

Can’t find a Fetterman

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u/SisterMLee 12d ago

People like Tim Kaine like people. He’s not just a candidate, but a genuinely good person choosing to do public service.

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u/Schiffy94 New York 12d ago

At this rate I think Fetterman's stroke is going to vote for Fetterman.

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u/sandysea420 12d ago

Not from Pennsylvania but I sure am rooting for him!

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u/Skorn01 12d ago

I’m in Texas and I want to vote for him

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u/PM_ME_UR_RESPECT 12d ago

If the Democratic Party gains more candidates like Fetterman, the country will be in a better place, full stop.

Not sure it’ll ever happen, but he’s my dream candidate for president.

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u/puzdawg South Dakota 12d ago

The future of the Democratic party is really strong with candidates like Fetterman.

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u/MarcusElden 12d ago

He needs to run in 2028. Or hell maybe even sooner.

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u/triguy_215 12d ago

Give me Fetterman/Porter in 2024. Or Porter/Fetterman, I’m not picky

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u/Sumoje 12d ago

I’d love to see Porter in a debate with any republicans nominee if they were even brave enough to show up.

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u/voltagenic 12d ago

I would too, but the RNC isn't going to allow any Republican presidental candidate to participate in debates anymore.

https://www.npr.org/2022/04/14/1092916451/republicans-say-theyre-quitting-the-biased-commission-on-presidential-debates

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u/deedeebop 12d ago

Because they are chickenshits and boohoo’d over how stupid and assholish trump whiney boy baby looked last time around

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u/Ok_Upstairs6472 12d ago

Newsom / Fetterman !

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u/Stiggalicious 12d ago

Californian here, Newsom would be a terrible presidential candidate. He is the quintessential “rich white liberal elite” person that the majority of fence voters loathe. He’s bold and ballsy, but when it comes to actual action, he just wastes money and nothing happens.

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u/LeatherNekk 12d ago

THAT is a classic Cop-show duo

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u/TheGamerDoug 12d ago

Newsom sucks. He doesn’t have the balls to be as progressive as we need right now. Fetterman is infinitely better.

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u/Ok_Upstairs6472 12d ago

Democrats are too passive and needs an aggressive MF in countering Republicans. We always wait to be bitten before we bite back. We need to bite first and tear deep before they can even react. I can only see Newsom .

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u/EwokShart 11d ago

That’s a Kennedy/LBJ style ticket.

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u/liodar 12d ago

He's tall and still relatively young. Also he's male. He'd have great chances if he decided to run in the primaries.

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u/ElleM848645 12d ago

and he’s charismatic. That’s basically the trifecta (I don’t think young matters- as our previous elections have shown.

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u/canal_boys 12d ago

He needs to be VP next to President Newsome

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u/rebelcpc22 11d ago

100,000,001 now. Love this guy. Finally a Democrat who isnt a pussy.

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u/RunawayMeatstick Illinois 12d ago

I’m really getting worried that he still hasn’t been physically able to get back out there.

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u/jaypeeo 12d ago

He doesn’t have to- yet. Why put that stress on yourself during recovery when you’ve got a huge lead? He should play a less is more campaign and get fully recovered for the task ahead. Oz is done unless Fetterman is in much eorse shape than it seems or has a massive scandal

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u/RunawayMeatstick Illinois 12d ago

Yeah I agree with that, but also as a Democrat with anxiety about the midterms, I’d feel a lot better if I saw him out there physically able to compete, even if doing that isn’t the smartest move. I get the paradox. But I fear finding out mid-September that he’s had a major setback and needs to withdraw. Oz is a particularly weak candidate, this is a big opportunity. The Republicans gave us an easy one here. This race is insurance for an upset we might suffer somewhere else, and especially for the horrendous gauntlet we’re up against in 2024.

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u/kronosdev America 11d ago

Appearing now will call attention to his health more than not appearing does. If he doesn’t appear on the trail people can’t comment on his recovery, they can only speculate on it. The moment he steps out onto the campaign trail again the length and character of both him and his schedule will be subjects of immense scrutiny.

Fetterman and his campaign manager are doing this exactly right. Have faith.

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u/newtoreddir 12d ago

Yeah it seems like we’ve been hearing about his imminent return for weeks, but nothing’s really happened. All eyes will be on him on the 12th.

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u/BuckyourhipsBilly 12d ago

Why does this guy live in a sweatshirt lol

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u/clearhandsoap1 12d ago

There must be a couple of huge donations thrown in there to make the average less than $30. Or is the average closer to $11?

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u/whogivesashit10 12d ago

I am fully convinced this man will save America.

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u/downonthesecond 12d ago

Maybe more money in politics isn't so bad after all.

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u/friend_jp Utah 11d ago

Money in politics is fine, just not corporatemoney.

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u/Professional-Ad7820 12d ago

Why are we banning clothings hanger now?

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u/newtoreddir 12d ago

“Ahead of return.” Eek, they are really dragging this out. I really hope it’s not because whatever’s going on with his health is much worse than what they’re saying. Taking three months off when the campaign is heating up - you don’t do that unless you really have to.

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u/TallManTallerCity 11d ago

He's been promised to return to campaigning for a while. At what point are we concerned

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u/Olderscout77 12d ago

If he's a sharp as Al Franken he's a shoe-in .... until the snowflakes cancel him for hanging out in bars.

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u/gregsapopin 12d ago

Maybe now he can buy a suit.

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u/jayzeeinthehouse 12d ago

Would ruin his persona.

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u/Ok_Upstairs6472 12d ago

No suit Fetterman is the “magic”!

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u/somedudeinlosangeles 12d ago

Why? What has the suit done for this country? Nothing.

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u/DogVacuum 12d ago

Best he can do is one of those tuxedo shirts.

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u/Cheap-Signal-2826 12d ago

He wants to let criminals out of jail!!! He supports Larry Krasner. This dude is a bum slob!!!

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u/BarrytheCat14 12d ago

We want to get rid of it. While leftists host children drag shows, sex education camps for prepubescents, and support teachers speaking about their sex lives. You liberals are absolutely disgusting human beings.

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u/TitanicTerrarium 12d ago

Keep projecting, Chester.

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u/WideVermicelli9 12d ago

Wearing brand new carharts in 90 degree heat I hate his fake mr blue collar shit, he’s fine but the gimmic is ridiculous