Headline RoundupOctober 26th, 2022

Fetterman, Oz Debate in Closely-Watched PA Senate Race

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) and celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz (R) debated Wednesday night in the closely-watched 2022 race for Pennsylvania's vacant Senate seat, and discussed oil, abortion, minimum wage, and more.

Key Quotes: Fetterman closed the debate by saying, "My campaign is all about fighting for anyone in Pennsylvania that ever got knocked down and had to get back up again." In his closing statement, Oz said, "Ask yourself this and others in your family, are you unhappy with where America’s headed? I am. If you are as well, then I’m the candidate for change." A spokesman for Fetterman's campaign praised his performance, "especially when you consider that he’s still recovering from a stroke and was working off of delayed captions filled with errors."

For Context: Fetterman suffered a stroke five months ago, and it left him with a lingering speech issue. Nexstar, which hosted the debate, said afterwards that the "closed captioning process functioned as expected" and that it regrets "that Mr. Fetterman and his campaign feel otherwise." Many political analysts expect the race to be crucial in deciding which party controls the Senate after Election Day.

How the Media Covered It: Sources across the political spectrum focused on Fetterman's performance in the context of his health concerns. Right-rated outlets tended to frame the speech issue as a sign that Fetterman is unfit for office. Some left-rated sources highlighted medical sources who say that Fetterman's speech issues are not indicative of cognitive problems.

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