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Fetterman Stalling, Commits to Only One Debate Weeks After Early Voting Starts

Fetterman Stalling, Commits to Only One Debate Weeks After Early Voting Starts

But it cannot happen until mid to late October…you know, weeks after early voting begins in Pennsylvania.

All of a sudden, Democrat Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman hardly has any problems from the stroke he had in May and can debate Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Fetterman said “he walks five to six miles a day” and “that his physical health is good.”

He continued: “I’m feeling really great physically. I’m actually feeling better than I have in really a long time. And all of our doctors have never thought that we had any physical limits, and all believe that I’m going to make a full recovery as well.”

That is so different than what Fetterman implied less than a week ago.

However, Fetterman doesn’t want to debate until the middle or end of October.

Pennsylvania’s early voting usually starts 4-6 weeks before the election, which is November 8. But the early voting deadline is November, which is the mail-in ballot request deadline.

That means people will likely be voting up to a month before they hear from Fetterman and Oz.

Fetterman told Politico:

“We’re absolutely going to debate Dr. Oz, and that was really always our intent to do that,” Fetterman told POLITICO in an exclusive interview. “It was just simply only ever been about addressing some of the lingering issues of the stroke, the auditory processing, and we’re going to be able to work that out.”

Fetterman declined to specify which debate he will attend or provide an exact date for it, though he said it will “be sometime in the middle to end of October” on a “major television station” in the state.

He also said that the campaign is looking at the possibility of using a closed captioning monitor for the event so that he does not miss any words as he continues to recover from his stroke.

“We’re just exploring that,” he said of the closed captioning. “I have every ability to talk about all of these issues and have a full debate. And that’s really just the one lingering issue of the stroke — that some of my hearing was damaged a little bit, but it’s continuing to get better and better and better every day.”

Oz wanted to debate Fetterman this month and brought up his health issues from his May stroke. Fetterman tried to portray Oz as insensitive, but the media, including Pennsylvania media, also wondered if he could serve in the Senate if he could not even debate.

From the editorial board at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

If Mr. Fetterman is not well enough to debate his opponent, that raises serious concerns about his ability to serve as a United States senator.

That said, Mr. Oz has raised legitimate concerns. If Mr. Fetterman’s communication skills have not yet recovered sufficiently to effectively debate his opponent, many voters will have concerns about his ability to represent them effectively in Washington. While he has gamely undertaken more campaign events and media interviews in recent weeks, Mr. Fetterman still speaks haltingly and relies on closed captioning to fully understand his conversation partners.

Mr. Fetterman’s campaign asserts confidently that he will make a full recovery, and that he is doing the hard work — including speech therapy — to accelerate that recovery. That is hopeful and laudable, but stroke recovery is notoriously unpredictable. The campaign’s early predictions proved optimistic; the more recent predictions of “several months” to a “complete recovery” may prove optimistic, too.

Even Chris Cizzila at CNN thinks Fetterman’s campaign isn’t telling the public the whole truth.

But, to Cillizza’s credit, he has brought up Fetterman’s health since the stroke. He wrote about the conflicting statements in June: the campaign said he was great while Fetterman said he almost died.

But I noted that Fetterman seemed fine in a video his campaign released to knock Oz’s concerns.

Fetterman has spoken to MSNBC, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and KDKA-TV since he returned to the campaign on August 12. He interviewed with Politico over Google Meet:

Fetterman held his first public event after his stroke, a rally, in August. He has made a handful of public campaign stops since then, including appearing at a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh this week. His conversation with POLITICO was his fourth interview with the news media. He has also talked to MSNBC, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and KDKA-TV.

Fetterman conducted the interview over Google Meet, a video chat app, for about 17 minutes using closed captioning. He sometimes missed words while speaking, but spoke at a normal pace and took a number of questions on issues ranging from the debates to marijuana policy. He did not request to see the questions beforehand.

Then again, I bet Fetterman doesn’t want to debate because he’s beating Oz in the polls despite taking time off between May and August.

FiveThirtyEight: Fetterman +8.1%

RealClearPolitics (overall): Fetterman +6.5%

Emerson: Fetterman +4


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Colonel Travis | September 7, 2022 at 7:04 pm

Why is his wardrobe nothing but the Bill Belichick Signature Collection?

Can’t say I am crazy about Oz but Fetterman has to be stopped. He is a hard core Marxists with his criminals getting freed.

There is no way to know if he will ever make a full recovery from the stroke, giving the benefit of the doubt that he is still actually feeling the effects. Speech therapy will not help with the auditory issues with they are claiming.

    henrybowman in reply to Chewbacca. | September 7, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Of course, once he’s in his seat, good luck blasting him out of it.
    Like Biden. Or Obamacare. Or pretty much any Obiden-Bama Democrat.

      Dimsdale in reply to henrybowman. | September 8, 2022 at 6:35 am

      So this is his equivalent of hiding in the basement, like Dementia Joe…

      Seems like this early voting/mail in voting is being well manipulated by the leftists.

      At least it is easy to vote, despite severe voter’s remorse.

OT. Gateway Pundit is reporting a whistle blower has stated that the entire DNC-centric behavior of the FBI is coming from Wray’s desk and has been since his appointment.

    Ghostrider in reply to puhiawa. | September 8, 2022 at 12:21 am

    I read that article, too. As Paul Sperry referenced on Gettr about the whistleblower report, “The FBI is now acting as both the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party and the paramilitary arm of the Democratic Party.”

Early voting should absolutely be banned.

Early voting is utterly unconstitutional and should be banned permanently. AT BEST it should be a couple days before the election, but 4-6 freaking weeks before the election?

The ONLY reason to do it is open up the opportunities for fraud.

    Completely agree with this sentiment.

    Milhouse in reply to Olinser. | September 8, 2022 at 1:46 am

    Garbage. It’s a bad idea, but it’s not in any way unconstitutional. There is not one word in the constitution regulating when elections must take place or how long they must take. If a state wants to open voting on Nov-9-2022 for the congress to be sworn in on Jan-3-2025, and Congress hasn’t legislated otherwise, it is free to do so.

Fetterman looks like he would make a great henchman to a Bond villain. Maybe during the Roger Moore period.

Are people in Pennsylvania really that wacky not to see both the reality of Fetterman’s condition and, more importantly, his policies?

    Hard to believe, isn’t it?

    Which is why there are rigged voting machines. Otherwise, a lunatic like this would not get elected the proverbial dog catcher.

      healthguyfsu in reply to | September 7, 2022 at 10:18 pm

      The machines haven’t been fired up yet and the polls say he’s winning too. All of the polls, so they can’t all be rigged…Oz is just not a good choice. He doesn’t have the charisma that some people think he has.

        Oz is not a pure Citizen, last I heard.
        He is still dual Citizenship.
        How could he even qualify?
        Makes no sense to me.

          Ironclaw in reply to snowshooze. | September 7, 2022 at 11:04 pm

          He couldn’t be president, but yes, he can be a senator. Many people in Congress are dual citizens, especially with Israel.

          Milhouse in reply to snowshooze. | September 8, 2022 at 1:48 am

          Where did you get the idea that dual citizens don’t qualify? Seriously, where do people come up with these ideas? Dual citizenship is perfectly legal, and there is no office a dual citizen can’t hold. If you don’t like it, propose a constitutional amendment.

          Milhouse in reply to snowshooze. | September 8, 2022 at 1:51 am

          Ironclaw, why do you think he couldn’t be president? He was born in the USA, he’s well over 35 years old, and he’s lived in the USA for much longer than the required 14 years. Therefore he is eligible for the presidency. All that remains is to persuade people to vote for him, which he doesn’t seem to be able to do.

          Milhouse in reply to snowshooze. | September 8, 2022 at 1:55 am

          This is why the speculation that 0bama had Indonesian citizenship was always so stupid. As I used to ask anyone who raised it, let’s suppose for a moment that it’s true, so what? What possible consequences do you imagine that would have? There’s not one word in the constitution preventing a foreign citizen from serving as president.

          Ironclaw in reply to snowshooze. | September 8, 2022 at 10:58 am

          Since there is no reply button on Millhouse’s reply to me, I guess I’ll put it here. There are three key words you seemed to have misssed, Millhouse. Natural Born Citizen, the meaning of which seems to have been lost in time. It means, basically, a citizen born of two citizens. That means that through both blood and soil, that citizen owes fealty ONLY to the United States and to no other country.

          THAT is why Obastard’s Indonesian citizenship was of concern, though not so much as his Kenya father in my opinion. Same wih Ted Cruz’s being born in Canada of a non-citizen parent (and I like Cruz, but it doesn’t change the facts). That is why they had to examine McCain’s birthplace in the canal zone (American territory at the time) and Goldwater’s Arizona birthplace (Arizona was still a territory and not officially a State yet).

          That Natural Born Citizen requirement is there for a very specific reason. They president should owe loyalty to the United States, and only to the United States. We have already seen what happens when that is not true.

        Mauiobserver in reply to healthguyfsu. | September 8, 2022 at 2:34 am

        It will be interesting to see the polls for this race in the next week or so. The last Trafalgar poll had Oz training by I believe 4 or 5 points.

        Oz went through a tough contested primary and Fetterman had a pretty easy nomination.

        Now we have had the PedoHitler speech which probably turned off moderates of all types, a massive Trump rally to fire up the base and the ad giving exposure to Fetterman chasing down an innocent black jogger which certainly won’t motivate urban blacks or surburban white women liberals to support lurch.

        I would expect the race to be virtually tied by next weekend in the Trafalgar poll.

    probably, especially in Philadelphia

Between Fetterman and Oz…
All I can see is stink.
I wonder who the good and decent Candidate was, and how they were eliminated.

It sounds like Dr. Doom or whatever supervillain that stupid, incoherent communist is supposed to be is nothing but a coward.

Those of us who grew up on one of the borders know a lot of people with duel citizenship. I served in the military with several. Personally, I think you should pick one and be done with it but it’s a thing. As for the voting, if you can’t show up, in person to vote except in limited circumstances like military service or hospital/nursing home then don’t vote. If you have time to stand in like at the DMV then you can stand in line to vote. Oh, and bring a picture ID with you

Fetterman is running a basement campaign and will only debate on his terms-one as opposed to a series of debates after voting has already started

If you can’t debate on teh trail what makes you think you can in Congress? Seem we are looking at a left-wing rubber stamp.

PA is rife with election fraud and has fixed nothing really since Soros’ Demoncrap minions got away with in-your-face fraud in 2020. PA will never elect even a RINO in another statewide election. Fetterman will “win” with 81 million votes.

Campaigning from the basement worked for Uncle Joe, so why not?