Coming out of Tuesday night’s Pennsylvania Senate debate, many news outlets have focused on whether Keystone State voters will vote for a man who is still recovering from a stroke.
Democratic Senate nominee, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, clearly displayed the after effects of the stroke he suffered in May. Fetterman’s speech was halting at times, and he generally kept his answers short and to the point. Some of his responses also proved awkward, such as when he was questioned about conflicting positions he has taken on fracking.
“I do support fracking,” Fetterman responded immediately. “I support fracking, and I stand, and I do, support fracking,” he added, in what has become one of his most widely discussed debate moments.
But Fetterman also landed some punches. After his GOP rival, celeb-doc Mehmet Oz, repeatedly aligned Fetterman with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Fetterman cracked, “Why don’t you pretend you live in Vermont and run against Bernie Sanders?” The jab played off an entire summer in which his campaign pounded Oz for being an elitist carpetbagger from New Jersey who is completely out of touch with actual Pennsylvanians.
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