WaPo Op-ed Says Fetterman Has ‘Obligation’ To Release Medical Records, Oz Debate


It’s one of those rare times when Republicans could say they really agree with a Washington Post editorial.

On Monday, the capital’s record-breaking newspaper published a scathing op-ed calling on Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman to not only release his medical records, but also attend at least one debate with his Republican opponent Dr. Mehmet Oz before the early voting begins. next week.

Fetterman suffered a stroke in May and in recent days, even the mainstream news media has begun to question his health.

All eyes are on the pivotal Pennsylvania Senate race, one of many that is a must-win for Republicans. In an average poll by Real Clear Politics at the end of August, Fetterman rose 6.5 points.

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Required to be transparent

The editorial states that Fetterman owes Pennsylvania voters a duty to be transparent about his condition and hear him debate Oz on the issues that concern them.

“Following a stroke in May, Mr. Fetterman was off the campaign trail for three months and has campaigned little since; he held a rally Sunday. Mr Oz has pushed for five debates, but Mr Fetterman evaded and ducked before agreeing tentatively to one debate last week, but not until ‘sometime in the middle to late October’.”

If Fetterman and Oz were not to debate until October, there would be an early vote.

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The editorial also explains some of the difficulties Fetterman has faced while campaigning, but urges him to answer some questions about his health and why he seems unwilling to schedule debates.

“Mr. Fetterman acknowledges his auditory processing difficulties, which make it difficult for him to respond quickly to what he hears. He is receiving speech therapy – and we wish him a speedy and full recovery – but the lingering, unanswered questions about his health, underlined by his reluctance to debate is disturbing.”

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Campaign Hidden Facts

The Fetterman campaign has not exactly become known about the candidate’s medical condition. As noted by WaPo:

“The Fetterman campaign has squandered its credibility by hiding from the public that he was hospitalized two days after his stroke. It waited weeks longer to reveal a more complete picture of his medical history, including that he had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2017.”

The Op-Ed also states that they don’t just hunt John Fetterman. They have called on others, including former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, to also release medical records.

At the end of the lead article, there is another call for a debate between Fetterman and Oz before the vote. But before anyone thinks the Washington Post Dr. Oz went free, think again.

The editors made sure he took at least one swipe at Oz, saying he “hadn’t exactly behaved with glory.” At one point, an offer from Oz to have doctors on hand if needed so Fetterman could debate in September, the Washington Post called “sophomoric and inappropriate.”

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Fetterman’s Radical Record

It’s hard to believe that a majority of Pennsylvania residents would be okay with most of John Fetterman’s views on issues. He supported Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential election. He supports a $15 minimum wage, socialized medicine, and major climate change programs.

He supports drug legalization, needle exchange programs and safe injection sites for heroin users. His soft-on-crime views don’t just stop there. According to TBEN News Digital, they found on three separate occasions that Fetterman said he wanted to reduce the prison population by a third.

The lead article’s conclusion also states, “Both candidates have something to prove to voters, and there’s no better forum than a debate.” But with views like that, it might be pretty obvious why John Fetterman is debating shy.

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