Philly Inquirer Endorses John Fetterman For Senate

John Fetterman at a podium

The editorial board of the Philadelphia Inquirer made its second endorsement call of the 2022 general election season – John Fetterman for U.S. Senate.

The board selected the Democratic lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania as its choice for the open seat vacated by the retiring Pat Toomey over Republican Mehmet Oz.

“By many measures, the first two years of the Biden administration have been fruitful for Pennsylvania.

The president’s plan to slash prescription-drug costs for older Americans directly benefits 73,000 Pennsylvanians, fifth most of any state in the nation. The commonwealth stands to receive more than $2.5 billion to repair highways and bridges this year under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. And the Inflation Reduction Act includes provisions to mitigate the harms of climate change through more than a quarter billion dollars in new clean-energy investments statewide through the end of the decade.

There is still much more work to be done in Washington on issues that Pennsylvanians care about, including protecting abortion rights and restoring the enhanced child tax credit, which reduced hunger and poverty in our state and across the nation. These initiatives and others could potentially stall in Congress’ divided upper house. That is just one reason why it is crucial for Pennsylvania voters to elect John Fetterman to the U.S. Senate in November.

There is no reason Fetterman cannot serve effectively after his stroke. Fetterman said that one of the most significant challenges of his recovery involves auditory processing — a condition in which his comprehension of certain words and phrases is occasionally delayed. During interviews, Fetterman does often take a few seconds to ensure that he has understood a questioner correctly — and he may take a couple of moments more to collect his thoughts and find the right words — but that should not significantly impair him from performing in his role as a senator. Fetterman knows what his values are and is capable of communicating them.

The same cannot be said for his opponent, Mehmet Oz, a man wholly unprepared to be Pennsylvania’s U.S. senator. Oz has refused to commit to opposing a national abortion ban, opposes the expanded child tax credit, would repeal the Affordable Care Act, and would vote against red flag gun-control laws. Those positions are all reversals from views that Oz held as a Republican just a few years ago. If there are any values that Oz holds dear, it is difficult to ascertain what they are.”

Prior to each election, The Inquirer’s Editorial Board, which operates independently from the newsroom, identifies the races where an endorsement can help readers understand where candidates stand on issues and why they think voters should support (or oppose) a particular candidate.

The newspaper has backed opponents of Toomey in the last two senatorial elections, endorsing Joe Sestak in 2010 and Katie McGinty in 2016.

The Inquirer will announce its endorsement, if any, for Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District on Sunday, Oct. 23.

10 Responses

  1. You surely saw the debate. You think he’s capable of debate and influence with what are supposed to be the 100 most thoughtful , articulate and reasoned voices of government. Do you think he is a strong representative for Pennsylvanians when he has no real world experience Surely, you must wonder about the level of maturity. WHAT HAPPENED TO JOURNALISM. Do your job! For all of our sakes!

  2. Just dont renew my subscription, Fetterman is the most unqualified candidate I’ve ever seen. I see nothing in his accomplishments that war rents a seat in the senate. Braddock PA is a 1,700 population borough, down from its heyday of 20,000. No wonder crime is down in Braddock , there is more than 80% of the population gone. Too bad he’s never held a real job.

  3. All I can say is OMG. Stay out of PA. Paper backing someone who supports murders on the streets. Don’t even drive through this state! SMH

  4. HAVE JOHN INFORM SENIORS THAT REPUBLICANS PLAN ON DOING AWAY WITH SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE AND GIVING THE MONEY TO BIG CORPORATIONS. TO COVER IT UP REPUBLICANS PLAN ON RAISING TAXES LIKE THEY DID BEFORE. TELL SENIORS IT IS URGENT THEY VOTE IMMEDIATELY.

    1. Are you sane? There is not a candidate democrat or republican that would touch social security, let alone run on doing away with it. Stop believing all the fear mongering by the left wing media. Think man think.

  5. I was all set to vote for Dr. Oz but the fact he tortured dogs for his own financial gain was a game changer for me. Fetterman it is!!

  6. Fetterman is a far left democrat. If anyone thought that he wasn’t going to get the endorsement of a paper that endorsed Krasner then they are fools.

  7. Fetterman is not trying to fly a plane nor operate on someone. He is basically seeking a white collar job where he sits in a chair and presses yes and no buttons. If he can reason and think, If he can sit in a chair and press buttons. He is qualified to be Senator. Now if the requirement were he needed to sell quick cures and own 10 houses to be Senator that would be different.

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