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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman's Senate announcement video is packed with Rust Belt grit

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) is vying for a job that may actually require him to stop wearing shorts in winter.

After weeks of exploring a 2022 Senate run and soliciting donations, the state's No. 2 officially joined the field Monday. The announcement came in form of a gritty video tour of Pennsylvania that lays out Fetterman's politically unconventional past and mixes progressive promises with an appeal to people who "feel like their best days were a generation ago or more."

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.) announced late last year that he would not seek re-election in 2022, opening up the field in a swing state that went narrowly blue in 2020.

Fetterman gained notoriety in the days after the 2020 election as he fought false claims of election fraud in the state, inspiring one campaign T-shirt he's selling. He's a strong proponent of legalizing marijuana, raising the minimum wage, protecting union rights, and ensuring health care is not a "privilege" but a right.