Fetterman won’t debate Oz —and it’s raising a lot of questions about his health after suffering a stroke earlier this year. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial board says Fetterman’s dodge raises “legitimate concerns.”
“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,” the Post-Gazette’s editorial board wrote.
“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,” the editorial board wrote.
“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 editorial board continued. “The campaign’s early predictions proved optimistic; the more recent predictions of ‘several months’ to a ‘complete recovery’ may prove optimistic, too.”
“Voters have a right to know whether their prospective senator can do the job — including handling the give-and-take of a vigorous debate,” the editorial board wrote.
From Fox News:
Last week, Fetterman rejected GOP rival Dr. Mehmet Oz’s offer to partake in their first debate in early September ahead of midterm elections, accusing his opponent of making light of the stroke he suffered.
“I offered John Fetterman numerous opportunities to explain to me how I can make it easier for him to debate, but at this point, since he’s given numerous reasons for not showing up, including the fact he didn’t have time in his schedule, I’m of the opinion that he’s hiding his radical views because he is the furthest far-left radical candidate at any competitive Senate race this cycle, and he doesn’t want those views to be exposed,” Oz told Fox News co-host Dana Perino.
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