Chuck Schumer Caught On Hot-Mic

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On Thursday (October 27), in a hot-mic moment, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) admitted Pennsylvania Senate Democrat candidate John Fetterman’s debate performance could hurt the party.

Talking to President Joe Biden on the tarmac in New York, Schumer said, “It looks like the debate didn’t hurt us too much in Pennsylvania as of today. So that’s good.”

During the Tuesday (October 25) debate between Fetterman and Republican Senate Candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Democrat struggled to communicate a lingering effect of a stroke he had earlier in the year.

To comprehend what Oz and the moderators were saying, Fetterman needed closed captions and often, when responding, didn’t give coherent answers.

The race in Pennsylvania will play a significant role in how the Senate is made up and who controls it after the midterm elections.

After the hot-mic moment, Justin Goodman, a spokesman for the Senate Majority Leader, said, “Schumer believes the Democratic candidates will win.”

The hot-mic moment also brought up other anxieties Schumer had about a different state’s candidate, telling Biden, “That seat, we’re in danger in that seat.”

Although the precise candidate isn’t known, Schumer seemed to be replying to a comment by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who described the person she was discussing as “a nice man” and “one of the only moderates” who “always works with us.”

Schumer also discussed the Nevada and Georgia races.

The Senate Majority Leader was optimistic about Nevada, saying, “I think we’re picking up steam in Nevada.”

However, he expressed some reservations about Georgia.

“The state where we’re going down, though, is Georgia. It’s hard to believe that they will go for Herschel Walker,” Schumer told Biden.