John Fetterman, the Democrat running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania, has defended his refusal to release detailed medical records after asking questions about his fitness while recovering from a massive stroke.
“We’ve shown more and shared more types of medical reviews, more than virtually anyone else, unless you’re running for president,” Fetterman told CBS Evening News Thursday.
However, Fetterman has resisted calls to release detailed medical records or allow interviews with his doctors, instead citing a one-page medical note he released last month in which he said he had “no work restrictions” and “can work in public.” to be fully on duty”. ‘
dr Mehmet Oz, Fetterman’s Republican running rival, released a four-page letter from his doctor in September after editors of the Washington Post and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asked both candidates to turn over their medical records.
Fetterman, 53, insists he is operational after suffering a stroke in May that left him with problems with auditory processing, which sometimes made it difficult for him to understand spoken words.
“We already knew that this was going to be a challenge considering someone is recovering from a stroke. It was also — it was a challenge for my family, too,” Fetterman told CBS.
John Fetterman, the Democrat running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania, has defended his refusal to release detailed medical records while he recovers from a massive stroke
dr Mehmet Oz, Fetterman’s Republican rival in the race, released a four-page letter from his doctor in September after urging both candidates to turn over medical records
As in previous interviews and his October 25 debate with Oz, 62, Fetterman again used large screens that displayed closed captions to the interviewer’s questions.
CBS also revealed that the captions were written by a human stenographer who sits behind the scenes and types out the conversation in real time.
Fetterman has stated that he does not have hearing problems but rather has trouble understanding spoken conversations which the written subtitles help him to understand.
The impact of Fetterman’s stroke was on full display during the debate, as he struggled to get through a few sentences and made some confusing arguments for his stance, including whether he is for or against fracking.
He was also criticized after an interview with NBC News last month, in which the contestant used written subtitles for the first time to better understand the questions he was asked.
Fetterman’s wife Gisele said the criticism offends people with disabilities and called for apologies from press outlets, which raised concerns about the Democratic nominee’s health.
In Thursday’s interview, Fetterman again used large screens that displayed closed captions to the interviewer’s questions. The written captions help him understand spoken words
CBS also revealed that the captions were written by a human stenographer (above) who sits behind the scenes and types out the conversation in real time
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Those arguments failed to sway the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the largest newspaper in Fetterman’s home county, which supported Oz’s candidacy on Sunday.
‘Mister. Fetterman’s health — he suffered a massive stroke in May — isn’t the issue. However, his lack of transparency in refusing to release his medical records is worrying,” the Post-Gazette wrote in its endorsement. “It suggests an impulse to hide and a distrust of people.”
“All candidates for major elected office should release their medical records, as did Mr. Oz,” they added. “If you want privacy, don’t run for public office.”
Fetterman’s team pointed out to DailyMail.com that Oz’s “hometown” newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, endorses the Democratic nominee.
Fetterman’s campaign has accused Oz, a longtime New Jersey resident, of being a “carpetbagger,” which is a negative term used to describe a candidate seeking office in a place where he has few connections.
In Thursday’s interview, Fetterman also hit back at Oz over the Republican’s claims that he is soft on crime, a topic Oz has made his closing argument of the campaign.
“I would say there’s something called Oz’s rule, that when he’s on TV he lies,” Fetterman said, referring to Oz’s long career as a prominent doctor with a history of dubious medical claims.
“I’m the only candidate in this race who actually has hands-on experience fighting crime,” he said.
“I’ve been the mayor of a municipality for four terms for almost 14 years, and I’ve really put gun violence at the center of my entire interest,” he added.
Fetterman grew up in York, Pennsylvania, but served as mayor in his adopted hometown of Braddock from 2006 to 2019. He resigned as mayor to become lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.
Fetterman has pointed to this one-page medical note he issued last month, in which he said he has “no work restrictions” and “can work full-time in public office.”
On June 3, Fetterman released a letter from his cardiologist, who said he could serve “with no problem” but noted that he “had not seen a doctor in five years” and had not taken his medication
“We’ll argue to the end,” Fetterman said.
The vacant Senate seat Fetterman and Oz are fighting for is vacated by Republican Senator Pat Toomey.
With the Senate currently split 50-50, the Pennsylvania race could decide which party gains control of the chamber for the next two years.
The latest in-race poll, released Thursday, showed Oz had a lead over Fetterman for the first time days before the Nov. 8 election.
The two-point gap — 48 percent to 46 percent — continues a steady improvement for Oz, whose support from likely Pennsylvania voters has risen 5 percentage points since September, according to a poll by The Hill/Emerson College.
Meanwhile, Fetterman’s support rose just 1 percent from its September level in the latest poll, Oct. 28-31.
The split between the two candidates remains within the margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points of the poll.
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