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PA Senate Race: WaPo Isn’t Falling for John Fetterman’s Excuses Not to Debate Dr. Oz

PA Senate Race: WaPo Isn’t Falling for John Fetterman’s Excuses Not to Debate Dr. Oz

“The Fetterman campaign squandered credibility by concealing from the public for two days after his stroke that he had been hospitalized.”

The Washington Post Editorial Board is the latest outlet not to fall for Pennsylvania Democrat Senate candidate John Fetterman’s, the current state lieutenant governor, health excuses not to debate Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz.

“The race might well determine which party controls the Senate, and voters would benefit from seeing the two candidates exchange ideas and test each other,” the editorial board noted. “Mr. Fetterman has seemingly been reluctant to commit to firm debate dates, and that troubling stance has raised questions about whether he, still recovering from a serious stroke, is fit to serve in the Senate.”

Fetterman had a stroke in May. He went off the campaign trail but has managed to maintain a lead on Oz.

He returned to the campaign trail in early August.

That is when Oz applied pressure to hold debates starting in September.

Fetterman used his stroke as an excuse to turn down the debates, claiming Oz and his campaign made fun of his problems after the stroke. He insisted he is still trying to improve his “auditory processing and speech.”

After some grumblings, Fetterman said he is open to one debate but not until mid to late October. WaPo, like many other writers, noted that the debate would happen well after September 19, the first-day people can mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania.

WaPo doesn’t think Fetterman’s medical issues are a valid excuse to skip debates but considers it a valid reason to question if Fetterman is fit for office.

In fact, WaPo finds Fetterman’s campaign’s behavior since the stroke about his health “unsettling“:

Since returning to the campaign trail, Mr. Fetterman has been halting in his performances. He stammers, appears confused and keeps his remarks short. He has held no news conferences. Mr. Fetterman acknowledges his difficulties with auditory processing, which make it hard for him to respond quickly to what he’s hearing. He receives speech therapy — and we wish him a speedy, full recovery — but the lingering, unanswered questions about his health, underscored by his hesitation to debate, are unsettling.

The Fetterman campaign squandered credibility by concealing from the public for two days after his stroke that he had been hospitalized. It waited weeks longer to reveal a more complete picture of his medical history, including that he had been diagnosed in 2017 with cardiomyopathy. Mr. Fetterman had a pacemaker with a defibrillator implanted after the stroke. The campaign’s response to questions about Mr. Fetterman’s health is to point to a doctor’s note, released more than 14 weeks ago, which said “he should be able to campaign and serve in the U.S. Senate without a problem” if he takes his medications and exercises.

Did someone take away the Kool-Aid at WaPo? Man, the editorial board unloaded:

That’s not good enough. Mr. Fetterman is asking voters for a six-year contract without giving them enough information to make sound judgments about whether he’s up for such a demanding job. We have called for full disclosure of health records from candidates for federal office in both parties, including Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and we believe Mr. Fetterman should release his medical records for independent review.

And he should debate Mr. Oz before voters start casting their ballots. Mr. Oz, for his part, has not exactly conducted himself with glory. The campaign’s offer to fund “any additional medical personnel [Mr. Fetterman] might need to have on standby” during a debate and its mocking comment about Mr. Fetterman not eating enough vegetables were sophomoric and unseemly, made worse by the fact that Mr. Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon. Both candidates have something to prove to voters, and there is no better forum than a debate.

Fetterman’s pro-abortion rally on 9/11 didn’t help matters. I wonder if that was the last straw for WaPo.

Fetterman proclaimed his name as John FetterWoman as he struggled to make his way through the speech:

“My name is John FetterWoman!” he said as the crowd cheered.

During the rally, Fetterman reiterated his support for abortion, which includes his support for the deadly practice up until the moment of birth, and pledged that he would vote to codify Roe v. Wade in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision.

“Women are the reason we can win. Let me say that again: Women are the reason we win.” Fetterman told the crowd.

“Don’t piss women off,” he added.

Fetterman then pointed his attack at his opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz, characterizing him as a pro-life extremist.

“This decision: should [it] be made up to Dr. Oz? Or to a woman and a real doctor, to choose?” Fetterman asked the crowd.

“Oz believes abortion is murder… No exceptions: rape or incest… If every abortion is a murder, that means Dr. Oz considers every woman who had to choose abortion is a killer,” Fetterman added.

If he can attend these rallies in front of many people and give speeches despite the challenges, then he should debate.

But, then again, the speech at the rally legitimatized the concerns of those who wonder if Fetterman is fit to hold office.

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Comments

Didn’t he appear in Star Trek?

Subotai Bahadur | September 12, 2022 at 9:25 pm

While I am not a really great fan of Dr. Oz [which since I do not live in Penn. will have no electoral effect] . I prefer him to Fetterman. However, as far as both the Democrats and the GOPe are concerned, Fetterman could make a public appearance and do nothing but exhibit Tourette’s Syndrome and drool, and both would support him just to keep the Senate in Democrat control.

Subotai Bahadur

Rupert Smedley Hepplewhite | September 12, 2022 at 9:33 pm

This should be a cakewalk for Oz. The fact that he appears to be struggling is disconcerting.

This guy gives me the willies.

Everything about him. The tats, the way he dresses, what he says (when he does talk), what he thinks (yikes!), and now that thingy on the neck.

https://ih1.redbubble.net/image.3291343927.0125/st,small,507×507-pad,600×600,f8f8f8.jpg

When you are a Dem, and you’ve lost the WaPo…….

Quite surprising, WaPo is usually all-in for the communists.

WTF is that thing on his chin?

At this point Fetterman is so brain dead he wouldn’t be able to debate his shadow.

“WaPo, like many other writers, noted that the debate would happen well after September 19, the first-day people can mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania.”

Which is precisely why there should be no early voting at all for any election.

If Fetterman bombs in the debate anyone who voted for him has no ability to change their vote if they’ve already voted. (same applies to Oz as well)

Wait until election day. For those who say absentee ballots those should only be for people who really won’t be in the area to vote. Early voting in person or mail in ballots should be stopped.

    TheOldZombie in reply to TheOldZombie. | September 13, 2022 at 12:56 am

    Edit: If Fetterman bombs in the debate anyone who voted for him has no ability to change their vote. (same applies to Oz as well)

      The_Mew_Cat in reply to TheOldZombie. | September 13, 2022 at 12:56 pm

      There will be no debate.

      healthguyfsu in reply to TheOldZombie. | September 13, 2022 at 1:23 pm

      At least one or two people who want to end this madness should vote for Fetterman early, then sue claiming they wanted to change their vote to Oz on election day in light of new information. The debate timing should give them an opportunity to claim standing.

Fetterman is a hard core Leftist and has to be stopped from becoming a Pa Senator. Can’t say happy having Dr Oz but that’s the choices I have.

And would expect a debate if it occurred and not getting the “right” moderator it will come down to Dr Oz debating the Moderator and Fetterman getting a pass on the side line.

Anacleto Mitraglia | September 13, 2022 at 5:58 am

I strongly suspect that your typical white leftist woman will vote for this Uncle Fester not despite his health condition, but BECAUSE of it, to feel she’s “compassionate”. and “caring”.
The same typical AWFUL (affluent, white, female, ugly liberal) would probably hire a blind pilot for your plane, but not for hers.

    Your typical white leftist woman will vote for Fetterman simply because he is a (D) vote, and will obey instructions from Chucko. She would vote for a dog or a parrot if it could perform that task.

“Here, wear this hoodie and turn your head to the right to hide the second head growing on the back of your neck.”

-Fetterman handlers.

“This decision: should [it] be made up to Dr. Oz? Or to a woman and a real doctor, to choose?” Fetterman asked the crowd.

Real doctor? Someone needs to publicly pointed to this cognitively compromised Bolshevik that a Cardiothoracic surgeon is a very real doctor.

Forget about it. Fetterman will not debate Oz. He has too much to lose and little to gain. And for most voters, Fetterman’s incapacity does not matter. As long as he is able to obey instructions from Chucko Schmucko as how to vote on bills and motions, he is fit to be in the senate.

The Governor’s contest may actually be more important, since Fetterman is clearly very ill, and there are good odds he won’t last a senate term.

Fetterman failed to disclose 8 properties claiming “because they weren’t making a revenue”