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Fetterman agrees to debate Oz in Pennsylvania Senate race, details TBD

Fetterman said in a statement Wednesday that he had always intended to debate Oz and that the heist “was never more than solving some of the lingering issues with my stroke, auditory processing, and we’ll be able to work that out.”

Although he declined to provide details on where and when he planned to debate Oz, Fetterman said he was eyeing somewhere “mid to late October,” adding, “We’re still in finalizing the details”.

He first made similar comments in an interview with Politico published Wednesday.

Minutes after the interview was published, the Oz campaign released a statement mocking the ad, calling it a “secret debate.”

“Let’s be clear – the Dr. Oz campaign will not accept a SECRET debate. It must be a REAL debate with REAL reporters asking REAL questions. Sorry John – imaginary debates don’t count!” Oz communications director Brittany Yanick said.

The Pennsylvania Senate seat is a great opportunity for Democrats, who are defending their narrow majority in the House this fall. The state narrowly voted for Joe Biden in 2020, four years after voters there narrowly backed Donald Trump.

On Tuesday, Oz and retired GOP Senator Pat Toomey held a joint press conference to accuse Fetterman of lying about his health or trying to dodge debate questions.

“Either he’s not doing as well as he claims or he’s afraid of being called out for the radical policies he supports,” Toomey said. “It’s one or the other.”

Fetterman’s campaign insisted he is making a full recovery but is partly crippled by what they described as ‘auditory processing’ issues, which can complicate his ability to hear and speak . The problem, say Fetterman and his collaborators, will resolve itself over time.

Rebecca Katz, senior adviser to Fetterman, accused the Oz campaign of “deliberately confusing two separate things – John’s health and this latest lingering stroke effect”.

“John Fetterman is in good health,” she said. “He’s sharp. He’s funny. He’s on it.”


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