In the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate campaign, Dem. John Fetterman has agreed to at least one debate against Dr. Mehmet Oz of the Republican Party.
In an interview published by Politico’s Holly Otterbein on Wednesday, Fetterman predicted that voters will see him and Oz in the discussion “sometime in the last part of Oct.” The discussion will be held in the Keystone State at a “big television station,” according to Fetterman.
According to the University of Pennsylvania, “early voting normally begins 4-6 weeks prior to the election and finishes at the request for mail-in ballot deadline,” indicating that voting will already be well under way before the candidates enter the debate stage.
We truly always intended to debate Dr. Oz, so we’re definitely going to do that, he continued.
Since returning to campaign events after suffering a stroke in May, Fetterman has had difficulty and claimed that “auditory processing” issues are a result of the medical emergency. He acknowledged last week to MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle that he “may forget a word now and again” or “might mash two together” as a result of these problems, and according to Politico, his staff is presently working on adjustments for this for the contest next month.
“We’re going to be able to figure it out,” he added. “It was just simply always about treating some of the remaining concerns of the stroke, which is the auditory processing.”
Oz has already agreed to participate in five debates, and until Wednesday, he had criticized Fetterman for not committing to any of them. If Fetterman had consented to the invitation, the two would have engaged in a KDKA discussion on Tuesday night, but he chose not to go. For the canceled September 6 match, Oz’s team made many snide concessions to Fetterman’s team and promised to “pay for any extra medical staff he would need to have on hand.”
According to Fox News, Fetterman described the concessions as ridiculing “a stroke sufferer” and claimed he “decided not to participate in this charade.”
Despite Fetterman’s attempts to make Oz seem insensitive, he was forced to participate in the discussion by others, notably Sen. Pat Toomey, whose seat he is running for. On Tuesday, Toomey sent his best wishes for Fetterman’s recovery but said that his inability to participate in the discussion was either due to his poor health or his fear of having to explain his extreme views.