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In U.S. Senate race, Fetterman says he's what Democratic voters want

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 11, 2016 1:14 PM
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Braddock Mayor John Fetterman oversees volunteers working in the former United Brethren in Christ Church in Braddock in this 2007 file photo.

(Harrisburg) -- John Fetterman is one of three Democrats running for U.S. Senate, and he's pitching himself as the one most closely in-line with what voters in his party want.

Fetterman is mayor of Braddock, but is perhaps best known as a towering, bald, tattooed guy who wears loose untucked shirts. 

In recent weeks, he's sharpened his attacks on his opponents, Katie McGinty and Joe Sestak.

He says McGinty doesn't have the experience to become U.S. Senator, since she's never held elective office.

Her campaign counters her resume speaks for itself, with roles in the Clinton White House, environmental secretary for Governor Ed Rendell's administration and Governor Tom Wolf's chief of staff.

"Good man, the wrong guy for the race in my opinion," Fetterman says of Sestak, in an interview with WITF.

"He's never polled higher than Pat Toomey, and I think that's the most important thing of any one of us. Our best qualifications are how we could fare up and beat Pat Toomey and I think I'm the strongest candidate to beat Pat Toomey," says Fetterman.

Fetterman also uses his appearance in his campaing, saying it shows how he is different from Katie McGinty and Joe Sestak.

"It's the difference between going to a real restaurant or going to TGI Friday. If you want a real joint, or you want a real restaurant or you want to go to TGI Friday's."

Fetterman faces an uphill climb.

He ranks third in the latest polls, though nearly half of voters surveyed said they were undecided.

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