Fetterman vows

Pennsylvania’s two Senate candidates, Democratic lieutenant governor John Fetterman And his Republican rival Dr. Mehmet Ozu, appeared on Tuesday night in his first and only debate in the state’s highly-watched and controversial Senate race. This Fetterman. comes as continuing to recover from a stroke and struggled with speech several times on Tuesday nights due to ongoing auditory processing challenges and used a closed captioning device to read the questions.

In his opening statement, Fetterman, who stumbled several times while speaking from the stage, although it was clear he understood the questions, acknowledged the “elephant in the room”, “I had a stroke.” Addressing his opponent, Fetterman said, “He will never let me forget it.”

“It knocked me down but I’ll keep coming back,” Fetterman said. He said the campaign was “about fighting for everyone in Pennsylvania who ever got knocked down who needs to get back up.”

The high-stakes race is important for both sides in determining which party controls the Senate. a CBS News Battleground Tracker Poll Released Tuesday Morning – before the debate – Fetterman led the five-point lead last month to lead Oz from 51% to 49%.

During a notable exchange on fracking, Fetterman struggled to defend his changing position since 2018, when he said in an interview that he opposed it. When asked about the conflicting statements made in the past about fracking, both the candidates said they support fracking and call for energy independence. But when asked to state whether he had changed his position, Fetterman couldn’t say, “I support fracking and I don’t—I support fracking and I stand—I support fracking. I do.”

Fetterman and Oz to debate Pennsylvania Senate race


After the debate, Fetterman’s campaign alleged that they wanted to give journalists a chance to view the close-captioning device, but Oz’s campaign would not allow it. Fetterman’s communications director Joe Calvello praised Fetterman’s performance, saying he “spoken better” and “given me a better performance than I was given in the primary.” Oz spokesman Barney Keller said he left it up to the people of Pennsylvania to make their own decisions on Fetterman’s health.

In this hour-long face-to-face, candidates also clashed over spending, abortion, health care, public safety, education and more. During the debate, the two candidates, often speaking at each other, accused each other of lying to the people of Pennsylvania.

Oz made the offense a central line of attack in his campaign in the final months of the election season – forcing Fetterman on the defensive. He started the debate by accusing Fetterman of trying to get the killers out of prison and trying to legalize all drugs.

“I believe I walk on my record on crime,” Fetterman said—referring to his time as mayor of Braddock, as he said he worked with the police and the community to stop gun violence. Worked with. He accused Oz of never in his career attempting to address the crime except through photo-ops.

After the abortion, the candidates were also pressurized to explain their position. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in June.

“The federal government should not be involved in how states decide their abortion decisions,” said Oz, who has not previously supported abortion rights. He said he was in the room because some difficult conversations were taking place.

“I don’t want the federal government to get involved. I want the women leading the democracy, the doctors, the local political leaders to always allow our country to put forward the best ideas so that the states can decide for themselves,” Oz said. to continue. ,

When pressured by debate moderators whether he would vote for Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham? Proposed 15-week federal abortion ban, Oz said he’s not going to support “federal, federal regulations that block states’ abilities to do what they want to do.” He said the decision on abortion “should be left to the states.”

Fetterman said that his campaign would “fight for Rowe Wade.”

As the economy remains the top issue for voters going into the midterm, both Fetterman and Oz addressed rising prices. Fetterman said the emphasis would be on corporate greed, pricing and called for making more in America. Oz called on the government to tackle waste and fraud.

Fetterman said he supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, while Oz said he wants the minimum wage to go as high as possible, but didn’t put a number on it. When asked to clarify, he acknowledged that this would happen through market forces, not federal law.

oj, that’s done Supported by former President Donald Trump, was asked whether he would endorse Trump as the Republican presidential nominee for 2024. Oz didn’t mind at first saying that he would support the party’s candidate, but then said he would support Trump if he decided to run. Asked about the ongoing investigation into the former president, Oz said he is not following him closely, but added that he has “tremendous faith in the American legal system.”

Asked about President Biden and 2024, Fetterman said it would be Mr Biden’s decision whether he would run again, but Fetterman said that if Biden did run, he would support him. Fetterman said the president could do more to fight inflation but praised him as a good family man.

Voting has been in full swing for the past few months. Since with Fetterman’s health front and center suffered a stroke in MayHis campaign tried to lower expectations for the debate, noting that captions would be typed in by humans in real time on live TV.

“Some amount of human error in the transcription is inevitable, which can at times lead to temporary miscommunication,” campaign advisor Rebecca Katz and campaign manager Brendan McPhillips wrote in a memo obtained by CBS News before the debate. They said they were ready to “disseminate malicious viral videos after debates for Oz’s allies and right-wing media.”

Only 46% of registered voters polled by CBS News said before the debate that it was important for candidates to talk about Fetterman’s health. Fifty-five percent said Fetterman was healthy enough to serve.

Midterm voting continues in Pennsylvania. More than 635,000 voters have already voted by mail. Of those, 73% are cast by Democrats, a figure that reflects their tendency to vote early compared to Republicans, who generally vote in larger numbers on Election Day.

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