Fetterman Continues To Dodge Debate As Health Questioned

The health of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D-PA) is in the spotlight as his opponent for U.S. Senate, Mehmet Oz, continues to press him to agree on a series of debates.

In early September, Fetterman committed to attending at least one debate with Oz, but his campaign maintains that they still need to iron out details to accommodate for Fetterman’s auditory processing problems.

Fetterman has faced lingering health issues since suffering a stroke in May.

“I have every ability to talk about all of these issues and have a full debate,” Fetterman told Politico. “We’re absolutely going to debate Dr. Oz, and that was really always our intent[.]”

Since Fetterman’s stroke, Oz and his campaign have ramped up pressure to engage in public debates, going so far as to offer funding for “any additional medical personnel [Fetterman] might need to have on standby.”

At one point, an aide for Oz said that Fetterman could have avoided the stroke if he had ever eaten vegetables.

Then, last Tuesday, Oz held a press conference alongside Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), and they both emphasized the need for Fetterman to commit to a debate.

“John Fetterman is either healthy and he’s dodging the debates because he does not want to answer for his radical left positions, or he’s too sick to participate in the debate,” Toomey stated.

In response, Fetterman criticized Toomey for lacking dignity and transparency.

“Here’s a man who is a coward, and he quit the Senate because he understands he can’t get reelected,” said Fetterman, referring to Toomey’s announcement that he will retire at the end of his current term.

“This is a man that has no town meetings or really has any kind of interaction with constituents ever,” Fetterman continued.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) joined Toomey in calling for Fetterman to defend his positions.

However, Republicans are not the only ones urging Fetterman to debate Oz. Both The Washington Post and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently published editorials raising concerns that if Fetterman is not healthy enough to debate his opponent, then it is doubtful that he is healthy enough to serve his constituents as a senator.

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