Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman recently did an interview with NBC News and it did not go well.
The interview reinforced the fact that Fetterman is having serious trouble communicating with people. Even with a transcription program that allowed him to read the reporter’s questions, he had a hard time processing them and forming answers.
In an effort to do damage control, his campaign just released a new ad.
The Hill reports:
Fetterman launches ad discussing stroke after NBC interview draws criticism
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s (D) Senate campaign released a new ad on Friday discussing his stroke after an NBC News interview this week reignited concerns about his health.
Fetterman, who suffered a stroke just days before the state’s May primary, faced new scrutiny after the interview aired on Tuesday, during which he appeared to have trouble articulating himself.
The Democratic nominee has repeatedly acknowledged that he faces auditory processing issues from his stroke.
“After my stroke, I was just grateful to see Gisele and our kids,” Fetterman says in the ad, which will begin airing on Saturday. “Across Pennsylvania, I keep seeing families that don’t have enough time to focus on each other. They’re struggling, left behind.”
“We’ve got to make it easier for people to spend time with those they love,” he says. “Politicians spend so much time fighting about the things that don’t matter. I’ll always be focused on what does — access to health care, lower costs, good jobs, more time with those we love.”
Here’s the ad:
Fetterman’s new ad addresses the stroke head on.
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) October 14, 2022
Republicans have already released a response to the ad:
In a new ad, John Fetterman says he will "always be focused” on what “matters.”
See what he’s talking about: pic.twitter.com/LGuMUbIcqe
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 14, 2022
Fetterman is on defense now.
This is going to be a tight race, but Dr. Oz is positioned well.