As the midterm elections draw closer, some are raising concerns about the health of Democratic nominee in the Pennsylvania Senate race, Lt. gov. John Fetterman.
Fetterman suffered a stroke in May, The Associated Press reported.
In an editorial from Fetterman’s hometown Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the editors noted that there had been delays in scheduling a debate between Fetterman and Trump-backed Republican candidate Mehmet Oz, raising questions about Fetterman’s “ability to communicate and process information.” raises.
The editors also pointed out that while Fetterman has made public appearances, his speech still appears to be recovering from the stroke.
With that in mind, the Post-Gazette encouraged both candidates to release their health records to reassure voters that they were fit for office.
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“Mr. Fetterman should release the full results of his cognitive tests and other medical records and make his doctors available to the media. Mr. Oz should also release his medical records,” the editor wrote.
The Post-Gazette is not alone in this opinion.
On September 12, the editorial board of the Washington Post also asked Fetterman to release his medical records.
“Mr. Fetterman is asking constituents for a six-year contract without giving them enough information to reasonably assess whether he is ready for such a demanding job,” the board wrote.
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“We have called for full disclosure of the medical records of candidates for federal office in both parties, including Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and we believe that Mr. Fetterman should release his medical records for independent review.”
After the Post-Gazette suggested that Oz also publish his medical records, the Republican nominee was quick to comply, The Associated Press reported.
Oz on Thursday published a letter from Dr. Rebecca Kurth after an annual checkup with the 62-year-old.
Kurth said she noted he was “in excellent health” and had few concerns about his cholesterol levels, which were “borderline elevated.”
Oz said in a statement that “voters should have full transparency when it comes to the health status of candidates running for office.”
Fetterman responded by attacking Oz in a statement of his own.
“In June I published a letter from my doctor clearly stating that I was fit for duty,” he said. “DR. Oz built his entire career on lying to people about health. I trust my actual doctors more than the opinion of a charlatan who played you on TV.”
The Pennsylvania Senate race is one of the most closely watched because of its potential to bring the Senate under Republican control.
On Thursday, a Muhlenberg College/Morning Call poll showed that Fetterman had a five-point lead over Oz.
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