John Fetterman’s disastrous debate with Dr. Oz this week was a turning point in these midterm elections.
Up until now, people across the country and certainly in Pennsylvania, had no idea how bad his condition is.
Oz was already closing the gap in the polls before the debate.
Now Democrats are really starting to worry and they should.
From NBC News, via Yahoo News:
Fetterman debate performance has Democrats on edge about Pa. Senate race
After getting their first long look at John Fetterman in Tuesday night’s Pennsylvania Senate debate, fellow Democrats are second-guessing his decision to appear on stage five months after a stroke — and some question whether he should have remained on the ballot at all.
“He should not have debated. Anyone on his team who agreed to a debate should be fired, or never work again, because that debate may have tanked his campaign,” said Chris Kofinis, a veteran Democratic campaign strategist. “This race was trending toward victory. Now, it’s anyone’s guess what happens.”
Several Democrats who spoke to NBC News, some on the condition of anonymity, said they were shocked by the degree to which Fetterman struggled to communicate clearly, even though he has acknowledged ongoing difficulty in processing what he hears and speaking without dropping words.
Mehmet Oz, his Republican opponent, himself seemed to poke at Fetterman’s struggles on the debate stage, wondering aloud at one point if he “wasn’t clear enough” for his opponent to “understand” him. Fetterman’s allies have accused critics of boosting “ableist” rhetoric about the candidate, insisting that he is moving along in his recovery just fine and noting that two current Democratic senators have recovered from recent strokes with little concern about their ability to perform the job.
But by Wednesday morning, many Democrats were in a panic over his performance.
Schumer was even caught on a hot mic talking to Biden about it.
Schumer caught on a hot-mic talking midterms with Biden:
"Looks like the debate didn't hurt us too much in Pennsylvania." pic.twitter.com/FTUoEcWYmK
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Dr. Oz should win here. Fetterman is not fit to serve.