Fettermann looks to allay health concerns

Fettermann looks to allay health concerns

Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate candidate, Jon Fetterman, is stepping up his public appearances after weeks of intense scrutiny over his health — including from Republican opponent Mehmet Oz.

Over the weekend, Fetterman attracted a crowd of 1,000 to the Scranton rally and is scheduled to hold another rally in Philadelphia this weekend. The campaign said they saw a crowd of 3,000 attend a rally with Fetterman and Planned Parenthood earlier this month in Philadelphia, the same day the Philadelphia Eagles opened, and no less.

In eastern Pennsylvania, [that’s] Said one Democratic activist associated with the race.

The change in pace for Fetterman’s campaign comes as Oz and Republicans have sought to portray the deputy governor as weak and absent from the campaign trail after suffering a stroke in May.

“We’re really seeing something really special playing out here in Pennsylvania,” said Fetterman campaign spokesman Joe Calvillo. “Now we’re back there and I think people are hungry.”

On the other hand, allies of Oz argue that Vettermann’s gatherings are not necessarily a sign of transparency.

“Yes, Fetterman did hold some rallies, but he still hasn’t answered any questions,” said one Republican strategist, who noted that Oz gave local and national interviews. Fetterman has recently given interviews with The New York Times, Politico and MSNBC.

Fetterman also recently agreed to a televised debate on October 25 in Harrisburg after weeks of lobbying from the Oz campaign.

The deputy governor also faced pressure from the press, with both the Washington Post and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette arguing that he should stick to the Oz debate for the sake of transparency for voters.

But Fetterman’s campaign maintained that the debate was never on the table for them, saying the timing was just a matter of dealing with the residual effects of the stroke, including those related to auditory processing.

However, the ongoing dialogue over the televised forum did not end with Fettermann agreeing to the debate.

Shortly after Fetterman announced that he was attending the forum, the Oz campaign released a statement demanding that the Fetterman campaign agree to three conditions: that the moderator explain that Fetterman uses a closed-caption system, that questions in training sessions do not resemble questions in a live discussion and that the discussion will run from 60 minutes to 90 minutes.

Fetterman’s campaign then released a statement accusing Oz of “trying to move the goalpost, because that’s his only play”.

Democrats also argue that the debate over the debates will ultimately amount to much ado about nothing.

“Things for discussion and debate conversations are many [heavier weighted] Among, for lack of a better word, the media class,” said the Democratic activist. “The truth is that they don’t hold the same weight among actual voters.”

Oz’s campaign continued to pressure Fetterman for more discussions and lengthened the debate on October 25, arguing that if he did not it was “another pathetic attempt by Fetterman to avoid giving Pennsylvania the full and vigorous debate to which they owe…”

“For months, Jon Fetterman lied and slowed down on Dr. Oz’s debate and with absentee ballots already in place, voters still won’t see a debate until the end of October,” said Rachel Tripp, senior communications advisor for the Oz campaign. “Jon Fetterman needs to agree to more discussions so that more voters can participate and they should be extended to 90 minutes to accommodate the closed captioning concessions that have been made.”

On the other hand, Democrats ignored Oz’s demands.

“Some people just can’t accept a yes,” said T.J. Rooney, the former chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “Oz needs to get over it. He wanted to discuss and now he has a discussion. So, next: How do you feel about the abortion?”

Meanwhile, Vettermann tended to spend more time with voters.

“I’m not going to suggest to you that there has never been a time when people have talked about his health, but that time seems to have passed now due to his ever-increasing presence on the road,” Rooney said. .

Many of those visits to the track have led Fetterman to destinations where Democrats are not necessarily popular.

On Tuesday, Fetterman visited Indiana County, which former President Trump won by 68 percent in 2020. And while Democrats say they are under no illusion that Fetterman could sweep up Ruby County, they say votes in the state’s conservative stronghold are still needed. To reach the finish line in November.

“There is a really interesting dynamic. If you are a Trump and Mastriano voter, how do you vote in the name of God for Mehmet Oz?” Rooney said. “I think the fact that he spends time in areas where not many Democrats spend a lot of time makes it easier for him.”

But Fetterman’s campaign is also looking to target the Philadelphia suburbs, which could also take control in November. Fetterman’s rally with Planned Parenthood in the city earlier this month was a way to use abortion to galvanize the Democratic base while drawing in the much-talked about suburban voting team.

“Especially in the white-collar counties around Philadelphia, Democrats have done better and better, especially thanks to suburban women,” said one National Democratic strategist.

Fetterman’s campaign has focused in particular on pressuring Oz to say whether he supports the abortion ban proposed by Senator Lindsey Graham. When asked about the legislation at an event in Philadelphia on Monday, Oz said he had not seen Graham’s proposal and that he supports state control of abortion rights.

Republicans argue that while abortion may be a hot issue, it is issues like inflation and crime that will ultimately decide the election.

In fact, Oz has recently focused on crime. On Monday, the Oz Campaign held a “Safer Community Debate on the Streets” in Philadelphia, where he spoke about his plan to advocate for the state’s black community.

“I think the focus on the economy, inflation and crime will continue over the next 49 days to be the most important issues for Republicans as well as voters as they head to the polls on November 8,” the Republican national strategist said.

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