Democratic Senator John Fetterman speaks at a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, on August 12, 2022.
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Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman’s camp Wednesday Democratic senator debate. with his Republican rival Dr. Mehmet Oz.
The “unprecedented” amount shows “deep grassroots enthusiasm” for Fetterman, his campaign said.
The one and only showdown between progressive former Braddock mayor Fetterman and former president-backed celebrity doctor Oz donald trumpmarked the climax of one of the most important races of the November 8 midterm elections.
It also spotlighted Fetterman’s ongoing struggles after suffering a life-threatening stroke in May and staying out of the campaign for months.
Democratic doctor says he is recovering wellhis lingering auditory processing problems forced him to rely on a live closed captioning system for his recent interviews and Tuesday night debates.
But even with technical assistance, Fetterman had major problems crafting a few sentences and delivering convincing responses throughout the hour-long event in Harrisburg. It looked like there was
He admitted that there was a difficult recovery at the beginning and end of the debate, and said his campaign was “all about fighting for someone who was knocked down in Pennsylvania and had to get back up again.” .
Fetterman’s own campaign modest expectations Before the debate, he warned, “This is not John’s format,” and the use of closed captions can lead to awkward moments.
“It’s clear that the people of Pennsylvania support John in this race,” Fetterman’s campaign manager Brendan McPhillips said in a press release announcing the post-debate fundraising windfall. .
“They stepped up tonight with a huge show of support for John and his debate performance. We are honored and grateful for the support going into the final two weeks of racing,” said Mc Phillips said.
Candidates answered questions about crime, economic and social issues, and their own backgrounds during a live debate.
On abortion, a key issue in the midterm elections following the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Oz argued that “local political leaders” should have a say in abortion decisions. was criticized by critics. “I believe women, doctors and local political leaders are always the best ideas to let states decide for themselves to enable the democracy that has enabled our country to thrive. I would like you to suggest
Fetterman, on the other hand, appeared to stumble when asked to reconcile his current endorsement of fracking with his previous claim that he “never” supported fracking.
Each candidate also repeatedly accused the other of lying, echoing the aggressive and hostile tone that has defined the pivotal election for the Pennsylvania Senate for months. .
Democrats and Republicans alike see a swing state seat as a contest they must win on their way to control the Senate.
Fetterman and Oz are battling to replace Republican Senator Pat Toomey.Opening in Pennsylvania where the President took office Joe Biden Beating Trump in 2020 gives the Democrats one of the best chances to overturn Republican-held seats and stick with a very thin Senate majority. through an unfavorable political cycle.
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/26/pennsylvania-senate-fetterman-raises-1-million-after-oz-debate.html Fetterman raises $1 million after Oz debate