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Biden, Obama and Trump converge on Pennsylvania

But a once-large Democratic polling lead in the race has narrowed following a barrage of Republican attacks on the issue of crime — and a difficult debate performance by Fetterman, who is recovering from a stroke he suffered this spring.

Speaking in Philadelphia, Biden argued that Fetterman would help the Senate pass a federal ban on assault weapons. He also riled up the crowd by saying that Oz would support a national abortion ban — which he promised to veto if such a bill came to his desk.

Biden’s appearance is notable in part because the Democratic president, whose national approval rating hovers in the low 40s, has largely campaigned in blue states this fall, including Oregon and California, while mostly avoiding the places that he won only narrowly two years ago. But he got the crowd going before Shapiro, Fetterman and Obama spoke to voters in Philadelphia on Saturday.

It was Obama who got the loudest cheers from a relatively young crowd at Temple University, where the White House said about 7,500 supporters packed in although dozens of seats in the upper rafters remained empty.

The former president called Biden an “outstanding” president but pointed to the 2010 and 2014 midterms as an example of what Democrats must avoid, waxing about what might have gone differently had his party kept the majority. He also sought to illuminate the stakes of this year’s midterms, referencing the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and knocking Mastriano and Oz for not acknowledging publicly that Biden legitimately won the 2020 election.

“When true democracy goes away, people get hurt. It has real consequences,” Obama said.

Hours later in Latrobe, Trump repeated his false claims of his own 2020 victories, saying “I believe we won Pennsylvania twice.”

The rally about an hour from Pittsburgh featured both Oz and Mastriano, who each spoke before the former president took the stage and later joined him partway through his roughly two-hour address. The two candidates have seldom appeared together and have taken very different approaches to campaigning in the swing state.

Mastriano has leaned into the party’s base while making few attempts to reach moderate voters. Addressing the crowd alongside Trump Saturday night, his call to end vaccine and mask mandates in schools was met with cheers.

Oz, who has looked to appeal to suburban voters, stuck to more traditional issues when addressing the crowd prior to Trump’s arrival, slamming Democrats over inflation and government spending and branding Fetterman as soft on crime. He joined the former president on stage only briefly, telling the crowd to reach out to 10 people the following day and “tell them that I will bring change to Washington.”

Trump has a lot riding on Republicans’ success in Pennsylvania, particularly after he endorsed Oz in the wide-open GOP primary earlier this year. His super PAC, MAGA Inc., has also spent millions on ads supporting Oz in the past few weeks. He told supporters on Saturday that control of the Senate could come down to the state, saying Oz was “going to make the difference between a country and not a country.”

The former president also hinted at an Iowa rally on Thursday night that he could announce a 2024 presidential run in the coming weeks. Pennsylvania is among the states that would hold special significance in a Biden-Trump rematch as it was the state that put the Democratic president over the 270-vote threshold in the Electoral College two years ago.

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