Fetterman faces Oz in a Senate debate 5 months after his stroke

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman struggled at times to explain his position and spoke with pauses during a highly anticipated debate against Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz as they battled for a critical Senate seat. In the opening minutes of Tuesday’s debate, Fetterman addressed what he called the “elephant in the room”: the stroke he suffered five months ago. He said it knocked him off his feet, but he’s “going to keep coming back.” Oz ignored his opponent’s health concerns, instead capitalizing on Fetterman’s policies on immigration and crime and his support for President Joe Biden. The race represents the best chance for Democrats to flip the Senate seat to Republicans this year.

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