Biden Tells John Fetterman's Wife She'll Be 'Great' in the Senate

Susan Jones | October 21, 2022 | 6:13am EDT
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President Joe Biden speaks about infrastructure at the Fern Hallow Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 20, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden speaks about infrastructure at the Fern Hallow Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 20, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Speaking in Pittsburgh on Thursday, President Joe Biden told the wife of Pennsylvania's Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, "You're going to be a great -- a great lady in the Senate."

But Giselle Fetterman isn't the candidate. Her husband John, still recovering from a stroke that has impeded his ability to comprehend, is running for the office.

Gisele kept John's Senate campaign going while he was recuperating, and she is a strong voice in that campaign. According to The Independent newspaper, at least, she is "something more than a surrogate, and closer to a running mate."

On Thursday in Pittsburgh, with the Fettermans in the small audience, Biden thanked John for running and told "Zell," "you're going to -- you're going to be a great -- a great lady in the Senate."

Biden also promised at the outset that his speech would be "painfully short." It lasted 18 minutes. And at the end of his speech, Biden once again had trouble finding his way off the stage (see below).

Here is a transcript of Biden's opening remarks, complete with microphone failure:

"Hello, Pittsburgh. Sit down if you have a seat. And Gov., since you don't have a coat on, this is going to be painfully short. I'm not going to keep you too long. It's great. Thanks for that introduction. I really appreciate it, Greg. And, you know -- and thanks to the elected officials here today. Governor Wolf, one of the best governors I've ever served with in my life.

"[Applause] And one of my best buddies from Scranton as we say, Bobby Casey. I know his dad and his mom still around. And Representative Doyle, which -- [microphone goes out]

""How about this one? Is this working? Well, I tell you what, I knew he'd come here, do this. No, I'm joking. Can we get -- there you go, all right. [microphone works again]

""And Lieutenant Governor --"

["You were saying something nice about me," someone -- Gov. Wolf? -- called out.]

"I was saying something nice about you. That's why I went out. [Biden meant the microphone went out.]

"And -- but I'm saying we're going to try like the devil to keep you from having -- for not having decided to leave. I wish you didn't. And -- and John, thank you very much for -- for running. I really do appreciate it. And Zell, you're going to -- you're going to be a great -- a great lady in the Senate."

Biden frequently acts confused about which way to leave the stage, and Thursday was no exception.

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