US NEWS: U.S. Senate hopeful Fetterman aims to quell health concerns at Pennsylvania caucus

Sept 11 – Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman will seek to quell concerns about his health after suffering a stroke earlier this year at a rally outside Philadelphia on Sunday to promote his support for abortion rights.

Fetterman, the governor of Pennsylvania, has largely stayed off the campaign trail since suffering a stroke in May that he says nearly killed him. His Republican rival, wellness celebrity Mehmet Oz, has seized on the issue, suggesting that Fetterman’s health would prevent him from fulfilling his duties if elected.

Polls show Fetterman leading Oz in a race that will help determine whether President Joe Biden’s Democrats maintain their razor-thin edge in the United States Senate. The race for the seat, held by outgoing Republican Pat Toomey, is so important that both Biden and former President Donald Trump have traveled to the state in recent weeks to campaign for their parties’ candidates.

Five state Democratic officials interviewed on condition of anonymity in the past two weeks expressed concern about Fetterman’s health and whether the Republican attacks are affecting voters.

“It’s important that people see John Fetterman on the campaign trail and see for themselves that he’s fine. In a state where one (percentage) point can decide an election, that matters,” said Joe Foster, a member of the state Democratic Party committee. from the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Fetterman held his first public event since his stroke in August and has since made several campaign appearances, including a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh. His speech stopped at times and his campaign confirmed that he relies on closed captioning to conduct interviews because of his hearing impairment. He said the symptoms are temporary.

Fetterman campaign spokesman Joe Cavello said he is on the job.

“John marched for over two hours in the rain in Pittsburgh for a Labor Day parade and then spoke at two other events,” Cavello told on Friday. “Anyone who has seen John speak knows that while he is still recovering, he is more able to fight for the PA than Dr. Oz ever will be.

Fetterman will meet with the abortion rights group Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia’s largest suburban district as she seeks to galvanize women voters concerned about the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision to end nationwide abortion rights.

In Pennsylvania, where women will retain access to abortions, the governor’s race will decide. Fetterman has pledged to help protect that approach, while Oz says he is “100% pro-life” but supports exceptions in cases of rape or incest, or if the mother’s life is at risk.

Christopher Borick, a political science professor at Pennsylvania’s Muhlenberg University, said bread-and-butter campaign events like Sunday’s take on significance after a stroke.

“It doesn’t have to be John Fetterman before the stroke, but people have to see that he’s capable,” Borick said.

Oz used Fetterman’s initial refusal to debate to argue that his rival was either afraid of him or hiding the extent of the damage caused by the stroke.

“John Fetterman is either sane and avoiding the debate because he doesn’t want to be held accountable for his radical leftist positions, or he’s too sick to participate,” Oz told reporters last week, according to media reports.

Fetterman has now agreed to a debate in October, but his campaign is looking at the possibility of using a closed-caption monitor for the event so he doesn’t miss any words as he continues to recover from his stroke.

“Let’s be clear, this was never about debating Dr. Oz,” Fetterman said in a statement. “This whole thing was about Dr. Oz and his team mocking me for having a stroke because they had nothing else.

Recent Articles

Related Stories

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Subscribe Us Get the daily news in your inbox