John Fetterman overturned the Republican-held Senate seat in the state of Pennsylvania early on Wednesday morning. His victory has given the Democrat Party a huge boost, causing one host to speculate whether he should run for President in the next election.
Katy Tur, a host on MSNBC, brought up the possibility of Fetterman running for the White House in 2024.
While reporting on the Democrat’s victory, Ms Tur floated the idea of, “Fetterman, as a nominee at some point for president”.
She acknowledged that there are, however, “some variables” to consider should he run to be the country’s next leader.
She said: “I know there’s some variables, obviously, but I just, you know, what he did in the super-red, deep-red parts of Pennsylvania and the way that he ran ahead of Biden, ran ahead of Trump, and it makes you wonder about his future.”
Meanwhile, the other hosts praised him for bringing new leadership tactics to the party.
Host Andrea Mitchell said Fetterman had done better than both Joe Biden and Donald Trump in the state.
She said: “I spent a lot of time covering this race, and with Pennsylvania politics, going back some decades, and I started my career there, but the fact that John Fetterman did, first of all, so much better with White non-college-educated voters.
“Better than Biden, better than Trump, so he ran ahead of both of them.”
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Speaking of Fetterman’s win, Jen Psaki, former White House Press Secretary, said he appealed to voters through his authenticity.
She said: “I also think he ran everywhere in the state, which is a lesson for Democrats. He left no stone unturned. And he ran as exactly who he is. I mean I have no doubt that if John Fetterman were sitting here, if he were in a bar or if he was with his family in a restaurant, he would be exactly the same person and voters completely see through that.
“So that is also a lesson for Democrats, too. This is a guy you know who he is, you know what you’re getting and that ultimately matters in politics.”
Fetterman, who had a stroke in May which impacted his ability to speak and process some sounds, spent months ahead of Dr Oz in the polls but the race tightened in recent weeks.
He was declared the winner six hours after the polls closed and, during his victory speech, at 1.15am on Tuesday, said he had fought “for every person that works hard but never got ahead”.
Reacting to the news of his victory on a stage in Pittsburgh, he told the crowd: “This campaign has always been about fighting for anyone that ever got knocked down that got back up. This race is for the future of every community across Pennsylvania, for every small town or person that ever felt left behind.
“I’m proud of what we ran on. Protecting a woman’s right to choose, raising the minimum wage.”