Debating Sure Isn’t Fetterman’s Format, Can the Senate Be? – Watch

John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, finally debated his opponent, Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz on Tuesday night. And at least one online prediction market has indicated it may be game over.

Fetterman, who suffered a stroke in May and won’t release his medical records, began Tuesday’s debate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with an awkward salutation: “Hi. Good night, everybody.”

Fetterman started by saying Dr. Oz was a liar and then suggested that his opponent wouldn’t let him forget that he had a stroke in May.

The Democrat noted that he “might miss some words during this debate, mush two words together, but it knocked me down, and I am going to keep coming back up.”

One of his more challenging moments was when the moderator asked about his shifting stance on fracking.

In 2016, Fetterman reportedly supported a moratorium on fracking and called it a “stain.” The New York Post reported that Pennsylvania could lose up to 600,000 jobs if fracking is banned and take a GDP hit of almost $261 billion. 

The debate moderator said, ”You’re saying tonight that you support fracking, that you’ve always supported fracking, but there is that 2018 interview that you said, quote, ‘I don’t support fracking at all,’ so how do you square the two?”

Fetterman answered, “I do support fracking. And I don’t, I don’t. I support fracking, and I stand and I do support fracking.”

The moderator asked Fetterman why he refused to release his stroke-related medical records. The Democrat answered, “My doctors believe I am ready to be served.”

Before the debate, Fetterman’s team admitted that it wasn’t their candidate’s format. After the debate, Pennsylvania has to question whether the Senate is Fetterman’s format. 

“Why the hell did Fetterman agree to this?” asked one Democrat lawmaker and Fetterman supporter.

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) reportedly told CNN, “It’s sad to see John Fetterman struggling so much. He should take more time to allow himself to fully recover.”

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted, “It’s worse than any of us could have ever imagined. At this point the moderator is filibustering to make sure he doesn’t get any more Qs. … Even today’s partisan hack media can’t cover for Fetterman being brain dead!”