Fetterman fends off Oz in Pennsylvania Senate showdown

Pennsylvania was seen by both sides as the front line of their strategies to win the chamber. Although Oz was passed and overtaken by Fetterman, the race for the Senate leading as the most expensive this cycle so far, with external money pouring in. (Georgia’s race could still ultimately claim the title if it goes ahead in December.)Fetterman defeated Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) in their party’s primary, a victory for the progressives. And he’s led in the polls against Oz for most of the year, but the race got into biting territory in the final weeks as Oz seemed to be closing the gap thanks to an ordeal of GOP groups spending heavily against him.

As a sign of the times, their campaign has often taken place online in a meme war, among them a viral video of Oz wandering around a grocery store buying ingredients for rawness. (Oz later called it a joke.)

But the Democrat’s campaign was turned upside down when Fetterman suffered a stroke in May, returning to the track in August. Soon after, the Oz campaign issue statements making an issue of Fetterman’s diet and accusing him of being incapable of debating.

Oz appeared to distance himself from the attacks, telling NBC News he wouldn’t use that rhetoric about a patient. And Fetterman decided to try to address public concerns about his health, posting an announcement about the issue and medical reports

But the Democrat’s campaign was turned upside down when Fetterman suffered a stroke in May, returning to the track in August. Soon after, the Oz campaign issue statements making an issue of Fetterman’s diet and accusing him of being incapable of debating.

Oz appeared to distance himself from the attacks, telling NBC News he wouldn’t use that rhetoric about a patient. And Fetterman decided to try to address public concerns about his health, posting an announcement about the issue and medical reports.

Recent polling shows Fetterman and Oz are extremely close. The Senate race has also been the most expensive; outside groups have spent more than $130 million on the race, the most spent on any other race this cycle, according to Open Secrets, which tracks money in politics.Fetterman made a direct hit on Oz over the issue of reproductive rights, which has been a top reason driving Democrats to the polls this year, coming out forcefully that Roe v. Wade should be codified into law.”Roe v. Wade for me should be the law… my campaign would fight for Roe v. Wade,” Fetterman said.

Fetterman and Oz spar in only formal debate ahead of Pennsylvania’s Senate election:-

Pennsylvania Senate candidates John Fetterman, the Democratic Lt. Governor, and Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz, a former TV doctor, faced off Tuesday night in the only formal debate of the race.

The two were in an a TV studio, without an audience, in Harrisburg, Pa., where they sparred over abortion rights, fracking, the economy and crime.

Due to a stroke he suffered in May, Fetterman had video monitors in the studio with live transcription of what was being said. His doctor has said the former mayor of Braddock, Pa. is fit to serve, but the process of reading live captions had Fetterman speaking somewhat haltingly through the debate. His performance hasn’t seemed to dampen financial support though — the Fetterman campaign says they raised $1 million in just three hours after the debate ended.

By Wednesday morning, Fetterman’s campaign was already running ads tying Oz’s position on abortion to right-wing Republican candidate for governor, Doug Mastriano, who supports absolutely no exceptions in an abortion ban. The ad says Oz is out of touch and would let extreme politicians like Mastriano lead the way on abortion in the state.By Wednesday morning, Fetterman’s campaign was already running ads tying Oz’s position on abortion to right-wing Republican candidate for governor, Doug Mastriano, who supports absolutely no exceptions in an abortion ban. The ad says Oz is out of touch and would let extreme politicians like Mastriano lead the way on abortion in the state.

There should not be involvement from the federal government in how states decide their abortion decisions,” Oz said when asked about abortion, before turning the issue on Fetterman and calling him “radical” and “extreme.”

But when directly asked how he would vote on the Graham bill, Oz declined to answer, claiming he was giving a bigger answer by saying he was “not going to support federal rules that block the ability of states to do what they wish to do.”

The lack of an answer gave Fetterman an opening

“I want to look into the face of every woman in Pennsylvania,” Fetterman said. “You know, if you believe that the choice of your reproductive freedom belongs with Dr. Oz then you have a choice. But if you believe that the choice for abortion belongs with you and your doctor, that’s what I fight for. Roe v Wade for me is, should be the law.”

Fetterman, however, went beyond that position during the primary.

When asked by CNN whether he supported “any restrictions on abortion,” Fetterman said he did not. He took a similar position during a primary debate.

Oz used the moment, again, to call Fetterman out, saying it was “important” for Fetterman to “at least acknowledge” that he had taken another position on abortion.

But it was an Oz comment that Democrats, including the Fetterman campaign, have seized on after the debate.

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