HARRISBURG, Dad. (TBEN) — Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman of Pennsylvania said on Wednesday that he has agreed to a televised debate on Oct. 25 against his Republican rival, Dr. Mehmet Oz.
The debate, set to take place two weeks before the general election, follows weeks of flattery by Oz, who has questioned the severity of Fetterman’s lingering effects from a stroke in May and pushed for as many as seven debates.
It is held in the studio of a Harrisburg television station.
Oz’s campaign said in a statement that Fetterman had only agreed to the debate “after he was hit by massive criticism from state and national editorials and commentators for dodging”. The Oz campaign also complained that Fetterman had “pressed for adjustments for his health condition,” although neither campaign immediately clarified what those were.
Nevertheless, “Doctor Oz is looking forward to being in Harrisburg on October 25 to share his vision for a better Pennsylvania and America, and he is ready (to) take Fetterman’s record as the most far-left Senate candidate in America.” denounce,” Oz’s campaign manager. That writes Casey Contres in a statement.
Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor, and Oz, a famous heart surgeon backed by former President Donald Trump, compete for outgoing Republican Senator Pat Toomey in a race Democrats see as one of their best chances nationally to win a Republican seat to rotate. The winner could help decide the partisan control of the chamber next year.
Fetterman’s campaign has said Oz acted in bad faith in pushing for so many debates and said Oz’s motivation is to mock Fetterman for having a stroke. Fetterman still speaks falteringly and struggles to respond quickly to words he hears.
To make that happen, Fetterman asked the station for captioning during the debate and two practice sessions in the studio ahead of time, according to Oz’s campaign.
In response, Oz’s campaign made three requests.
It wants a moderator to tell the audience that Fetterman uses captioning to explain delays in his responses; practice sessions to avoid using real debate questions; and the debate lasts 90 minutes instead of 60, due to subtitle delays.
In Pennsylvania’s last four U.S. Senate games, debates were not a major feature. All debates took place from mid-to-late October, with two debates in each race – except for the 2012 race, which had one debate.
Fetterman is recovering and was off the campaign trail for most of the summer after his May 13 stroke, which required surgery to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator and led to a revelation he had serious heart condition. . Fetterman has not given access to his doctors or health records and has said he nearly died.
He has given only a handful of media interviews and no press conferences since the stroke and has used captioning in video interviews with reporters.
Fetterman’s campaign insists his doctors have said he is expected to make a full recovery.
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