After Republican Mehmet Oz publicly questioned Democrat John Fetterman’s explanation for declining prior debate invitations.
Fetterman agreed to participate in a debate on Wednesday in Pennsylvania’s keenly watched campaign for an open Senate seat.
One debate, according to a representative for the state’s lieutenant governor, Joe Calvello. Although Fetterman predicted it would happen in October, the specifics are still being worked out.
“Debating Dr. Oz has always been a goal of ours, and it will definitely happen. It has always been about fixing the residual problems with my auditory processing that occurred after my stroke.
And I’m certain that we’ll be able to do that “In a press release on Wednesday, Fetterman made the following comment.
On Tuesday, Dr. Oz cast doubt on Fetterman’s unwillingness to debate, claiming that the former congressman was either avoiding a challenge to his beliefs or “too sick to participate in the discussion.”
Due to Fetterman’s stroke just before the May primary, Oz has made it a campaign issue. Oz issued a challenge to Fetterman last month, calling for five debates to be held.
The Rally Marked His First Appearance At a Major Public Campaign
At the rally, he made his first public appearance since suffering a stroke shortly before the state’s primary.
Since then, save from a string of in-person fundraisers he attended last month, Fetterman has primarily been communicating with voters via social media and advertising while he recovers.
When it comes to the state of Pennsylvania, Erie County is a crucial barometer. In 2016, President Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by a single percentage point.
In 2020, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden turned it blue again, this time by a single percentage point.
With 23,200 votes in the Democratic primary election in Erie County in May, Fetterman won with over 80% of the vote.
His opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz, who was in Erie on Wednesday campaigning as a Republican, finished second in the county with 7,500 votes.
Win for Fetterman Was Anticipated
It was widely assumed that Fetterman would win, despite the fact that he had a stroke over the weekend and missed the final week of campaigning.
His campaign revealed on Tuesday that he was going to have a pacemaker implanted. As far as we know, Fetterman is going to be alright.
Although Lamb was considered a rising Democratic star in the Trump era, he was unable to gain any traction against Fetterman, a former small-town mayor who supported Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential run.
In addition, Pennsylvania state senator Malcolm Kenyatta, who was trying to make history by being the first openly gay person elected to statewide office in the Keystone State, lagged far behind.
The Associated Press declared Pennsylvania lieutenant governor John Fetterman the winner of the state’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, while the Republican primary appeared to be heading for a recount.
Rep. Conor Lamb lost in the primary to the 6-foot-9, shorts-wearing Fetterman, who presents himself as an actual anti-politician.