dr Mehmet Oz, Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, is attempting to undermine rival John Fetterman by repeatedly playing video of their debate outside of a high-profile Democratic Party fundraiser in Philadelphia.
The Oz campaign announced the move Friday, saying it would show President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and other guests what they called Fetterman’s “radical and extreme policies.” Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor, is recovering from a stroke and stumbled in his answers during Tuesday’s debate with Oz. With less than two weeks left in the intensifying Senate race that could shift the balance in Washington, Oz’s campaign goes on the offensive.
Following the announcement, Oz tweeted a Fox News post about Fetterman’s fundraiser, which showed a mobile billboard on a vehicle circling the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Political commentators responded to Fetterman’s verbal blunders during the race’s only debate by declaring that he had lost the race to Oz, a famous doctor and former television personality.
Oz’s campaign statement made no mention of Fetterman’s verbal pitfalls during the debate. Instead, the statement called for Fetterman’s reversal of his earlier opposition to fracking, his position on taxes and crime, and his refusal to engage in further debate.
“Pennsylvanians deserve to see this debate as often as possible because John Fetterman was able to dodge six others,” Brittany Yanick, the Oz campaign’s communications director, said in the statement.
She also scrutinized Biden’s handling of the economy, adding, “He won’t be able to outrun him during his fundraiser with the inflator-in-chief.”
“Good,” Fetterman campaign spokeswoman Emilia Rowland said in an email responding to the Oz campaign playing the debate outside of the fundraiser. she said news week that playing the debate will mean more Philadelphia voters will hear Oz’s remarks that “local political leaders” should have a say on abortion rights.
She linked Oz to Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, who previously said women who have abortions should be charged with murder.
The Oz campaign sent an email to their mailing list after the debate with the subject “WE WON”. Fetterman’s campaign also issued a statement after the debate, saying the candidate “delivered a strong debate performance” and called out Oz for his comments on abortion, gun control and raising the minimum wage.
“We are delighted with John’s performance. He did remarkably well tonight, especially considering he’s still recovering from a stroke and working on buggy late captions,” Fetterman campaign communications director Joe Calvello said in a statement Tuesday.
A poll released after the debate showed Oz’s 47.5 percent, ahead of Fetterman’s 44.8 percent. Poll-tracking website FiveThirtyEight has Fetterman by a slight margin over Oz in the race that could determine whether Democrats retain control of the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was caught by a hot microphone Thursday as he told Biden he didn’t think Fetterman’s debate appearance was hurting Pennsylvania Democrats’ chances “too much.”
Update 10/28/22 9:45 PM ET: This story has been updated with additional comments from the Fetterman campaign.
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