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Pennsylvania Republicans panned President Biden as he promoted his infrastructure package in the state on Friday.

Biden spoke at Mill 19 in Pittsburgh just hours after a tragic bridge collapse in the area. 

Many politicians, including Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, joined Biden at the event. But despite being invited, Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Lt. Gov. Josh Fetterman caught headlines for bypassing the event. Their spokespeople cited scheduling conflicts, according to The Associated Press.

Fetterman reportedly joined Biden earlier on Friday at the site of the bridge collapse.

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“Democrat politicians and candidates in Pennsylvania hiding from Biden is the height of hypocrisy,” said Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., in a statement to Fox News Digital. “Biden is unpopular because of his failed policies – the very same policies these Democrat politicians support.”

S. President Joe Biden speaks at Mill 19, a former steel mill being developed into a robotics research facility, on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University on Jan. 28, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

S. President Joe Biden speaks at Mill 19, a former steel mill being developed into a robotics research facility, on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University on Jan. 28, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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“We are spending more at the pump and grocery store, and wages aren’t keeping up with soaring inflation caused by Biden’s reckless spending and his war on our domestic energy industry. Western Pennsylvanians feel unsafe in their neighborhoods thanks to rising crime and experience first-hand the perils of free-flowing fentanyl from record illegal border crossings due to Biden’s refusal to secure the southern border.”

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dave McCormick similarly criticized the president in a statement Friday. 

“Biden’s speech today is indicative of how out-of-touch he is with the problems of working families across Pennsylvania I hear on the campaign trail everyday,” he told Fox News Digital. “His solution to these issues of simply spending more money is not only disconnected from reality but continues us on dangerous path for the Commonwealth and America.”

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former Ambassador Carla Sands told Fox News Digital, “This president is not delivering for the American people. He sold himself as Joe Biden from Scranton, but what we’re getting … is the Bernie Sanders, AOC agenda.”

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Sands said that she supported improving the nation’s infrastructure but considered Biden’s legislation to be full of “socialist wish lists,” “Green New Deal” proposals and “cronyism.”

Biden found a warm welcome, however, from others in the state. Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey said he was “proud that the President of the United States had our back.”

“When we talk about investing in infrastructure, when we’re talking about how important it is, for him to say, ‘I want it come and see it myself,’ as the mayor of this city, it made me feel proud that the President of the United States had our back and said he would do whatever he can to help us restore that bridge,” he said.

Gov. Wolf praised Biden on Twitter and castigated Republicans for not supporting the president’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“I’m thankful to @POTUS, @SenBobCasey, & Democrats in the Congressional delegation who fought for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” he said. “These are life-changing investments in building and repairing our nation’s infrastructure.”

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While speaking at Mill 19 in Hazelwood, Biden touted his infrastructure package and pledged to rebuild American bridges. He also pointed to reports that his presidency saw the fastest economic growth in decades in addition to added jobs.

Yet, he struggles with low approval ratings. A recent Fox News poll also showed that six in 10 voters would back someone other than Biden if the 2024 election were held today.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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