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Two top Pennsylvania Democrats running for high office said they would be missed by President Biden during the president’s stop in Pittsburgh on Friday due to scheduling conflicts – just weeks after Stacey Abrams, the presidential candidate governor of Georgia, cited the same reason.

John Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor, and Josh Shapiro, the attorney general, will both miss the president’s visit to Mill 19, a research and development facility. He is expected to discuss his infrastructure contract, WTAE reported.

FILE 2016: U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman talks to supporters during his meet-and-greet campaign stop at the Interstate Drafthouse in Philadelphia. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
(Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Fetterman is running for the Senate and Shapiro is the likely Democratic nominee for governor, according to The Associated Press. The AP report noted that their “high-profile absences come as Democrats in other states have begun taking modest steps to distance themselves from the first-term president, whose approval ratings have fallen sharply in recent years. month”.

The report says leading Pennsylvania Democrats, who aren’t on the ballot this year, didn’t have the same scheduling conflicts. The offices of Fetterman and Shapiro did not immediately respond to emails from Fox News after hours.

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FILE: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during the press conference. (Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)
(Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images)

Another top Senate candidate, Rep. Conor Lamb, a longtime Pittsburgh-based Biden supporter, will attend, his office confirmed. All three had been invited to participate in a photo op with the president, the AP reported.

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Earlier this month, Fox News reported how Abrams’ decision to skip Biden’s voting rights speech in Georgia was seized upon by Republicans. Ben Williamson, an adviser to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, tweeted: “There’s bad stuff, and then there’s ‘gubernatorial candidate in a state you canceled.’ “

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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