The Washington Post Editors immediately attacked the United States Senate candidate John Fetterman in a fresh op-ed piece that was released on Monday, saying that Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman’s refusal to engage in a debate with his GOP opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz, was inappropriate and that he must make his stroke-related medical data public.
In an interview last week, Fetterman asserted that he plans to debate “sometime in the mid to end of October,” which is many weeks after voters can begin submitting mail-in ballots. He refused to provide any other information beyond the possibility of one debate.
The Editorial Board stated, “Mr. Fetterman has been slow in his performances after returning to the campaign trail. He stutters, seems perplexed, and keeps his comments brief. He hasn’t had a press conference. Mr. Fetterman admits that he struggles with auditory processing, which makes it challenging for him to react fast to what he hears. He undergoes speech treatment, and we wish him a quick and complete recovery, but the lingering concerns about his health, highlighted by his reluctance to engage in discussion, are troubling.”
The op-ed added, “The Fetterman campaign sacrificed credibility by failing to disclose to the public that he had been hospitalized for two days following his stroke. It took many more weeks before disclosing more details about his medical history, including the fact that he had been given the diagnosis of cardiomyopathy in 2017. After the stroke, Mr. Fetterman underwent surgery to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator. When asked about Mr. Fetterman’s health, the campaign references a doctor’s report that was published more than 14 weeks earlier that stated that he should be capable of campaigning and serve in the U.S. Senate. If he takes his medication and works out, the Senate won’t have any issues.”
The Editorial Board stated that Fetterman should reveal his medical records for an unbiased examination because his use of a 4-month-old doctor’s note was “not good enough.”
Oz called out Fetterman’s lack of specifics in response to his vague comments about debating once in late October.
The Fetterman campaign is reportedly in talks with networks for a debate, according to tweets from Oz. Which networks? He is silent. Which terms? He is silent. Although John Fetterman does very little speaking himself, he sure has a lot of others speaking for him.
Additionally, the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asked that Fetterman debate Oz, claiming that Oz “had raised serious concerns” regarding Fetterman’s health.
Many people will be worried about Mr. Fetterman’s capacity to effectively represent them in Congress if his communication abilities have not yet recovered enough to do so, the local paper stated. “Mr. Fetterman still talks haltingly and needs closed captioning to be able to completely comprehend what people are saying to him, despite the fact that he has gallantly been apart of more campaign rallies and press interviews in the past few weeks.”