Schumer, on hot mic, admits to Biden that Fetterman hurt his chances in Oz debate

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Thursday admitted in a hot-mic moment that Pennsylvania Senate Democratic candidate John Fetterman hurt his chances with a shaky debate performance Tuesday night. 

“It looks like the debate didn’t hurt us too much in Pennsylvania as of today,” Schumer, D-N.Y., told President Biden on the tarmac during Biden’s trip to New York Thursday. “So that’s good.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told President Biden Tuesday that he didn’t think Democrat candidate John Fetterman’s debate hurt him too much in the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race. 
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Schumer also during the conversation with Biden appeared to refer to a different Senate seat, for which the Democratic leader didn’t have an optimistic forecast. 

“That seat, we’re in danger in that seat,” Schumer said. “We’ll see.”

It’s not clear exactly what seat Schumer was referring to. 


Fetterman often struggled to communicate during his debate against Republican candidate Mehmet Oz due to lingering effects from a stroke he suffered earlier this year. Fetterman needed closed captioning to understand comments from Oz and the moderators during the debate.

Schumer and Democrats are in a neck-and-neck fight with Republicans over who will control the Senate next Congress, with Pennsylvania one of the races that could tip the majority one way or another.