President Joe Biden defended himself against questions over the lack of Democratic candidates inviting him to campaign for them during a make-or-break midterm election season.
Biden said it wasn’t true that Democrats don’t want to campaign with him. “There haven’t been that many candidates campaigning with you,” the reporter said referring to the lack of Democratic candidates inviting him onto their campaign trail, according to a video of the interaction.
“That’s not true. There have been 15. Count, kid! Count!” the President responded.
“Are there gonna be even more?,” the reported asked.
“Yeah,” Biden answered.
Biden told the reporter to expect more invitations from the 470 Democrats running in the 2022 midterm congressional elections, Biden said in the video.
Biden stopped to talk to reporters on his way to campaign for Democratic Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who is running against Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz for one of Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seats.
Fetterman’s health issues were highlighted recently when NBC News correspondent Dasha Burns told MSNBC that he had difficulty understanding her questions during an interview. Burns said Fetterman required a monitor with closed caption to help him process her interview questions.
Burns told MSNBC that Fetterman is still suffering the lingering effects from a stroke he had in May that caused auditory processing issues and slurred speech. (RELATED: Did Joe Biden Doom His Presidency On His Very First Day?)
“He still has lingering auditory processing issues as a result of the stroke, which means he has a hard time understanding what he’s hearing,” Burns said. “Now, once he reads the question, he’s able to understand … He also still has some problems, some challenges with speech, and I’ll say, Katy, that some of the small talk prior to the interview before the closed captioning was up and running, it did seem that he had a hard time understanding our conversations”