- John Fetterman misspoke at a Saturday rally in Philadelphia, saying he ‘celebrated the demise of Roe v. Wade’
- The Democratic Senate hopeful was joined on the campaign trail on by Joe Biden and Barack Obama
- Fetterman, who had a stroke in May, had a disastrous debate performance last month against rival Dr. Oz
- Polls have the candidates neck-and-neck in a race that could decide the Senate in Tuesday’s midterms
‘I run on Roe v. Wade. I celebrate the demise of Roe v. Wade,’ he said.
Fetterman, who is going head-to-head with celebrity doctor Dr. Mehmet Oz, may well have been trying to say his opponent ‘celebrates the demise of Roe v. Wade.’
Fetterman and his Republican rival have been neck-and-neck in the bitterly fought race, but his performance when it comes to public speaking has drawn concerns after a number of garbled answers, much of which has been blamed on his recovery from a May stroke.
Last week Oz for the first time surpassed John Fetterman in polling just days before the midterms and a week after their debate where the lingering effects of his Democratic rival’s stroke were on full display.
The two point gap – 48 percent to 46 percent – continues a steady improvement for Oz, whose support from likely Pennsylvanian voters has increased by 5 percentage points since September, according to polling from The Hill/Emerson College.
Real Clear Politics’ average of polls has Oz with just a 0.1 per cent lead, and is projected to win – even if it is by then narrowest of margins.
It also mirrors a national trend as Republicans surge in polls, with some tying or overtaking their Democratic challengers in the days ahead of the election after months of trailing.
Meanwhile, Fetterman’s support only ticked up by 1 percent from the September poll from the one taken October 28-31. The split between the two candidates is within the poll’s plus or minus 3 percentage point margin of error.
Consistently, this particular polling has shown Fetterman, 53, ahead of Oz, 62.
A televised debate performance last month shocked some viewers and only sowed further concerns of his ability to hold political office.
‘Hi, goodnight everyone,’ Fetterman said, before addressing his health. ‘Let’s also talk about the elephant in the room: I had a stroke. [Oz] never let me forget that.’
At one point Fetterman was asked to clarify his position on fracking, as moderators pointed to a 2018 interview where the lieutenant governor expressed broad opposition to the practice, but not a ban.
‘I do support fracking – I don’t, I don’t – I support fracking, and I do support fracking,’ he answered to the sheer confusion of voters.
Over the course of the debate, Fetterman twice demurred to release his full medical record to the public.
‘My doctor ultimately believes that I’m fit to be serving and that’s what I believe,’ Fetterman said.
In advance of the debate, Fetterman’s campaign had tempered expectations, saying there would be ‘awkward pauses’ and ‘delays and errors,’ because the Democrat would be reading closed captioning due to his auditory processing issue.
When asked about small business owners who are concerned about raising the minimum wage, he said: ‘We all have to make sure that everyone that works is able to- that’s the most American bargain, that if you work full time you should be able to live in dignity is well true.
‘We can’t have businesses being subsidized by not paying individuals that just simply can’t evade to pay their own way,’ he said.