Washington Post Editorial Board calls out Fetterman campaign, demands he attend debate

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  2 weeks ago  •  23 comments

By:   Alexander Hall (Fox News)

Washington Post Editorial Board calls out Fetterman campaign, demands he attend debate
The Washington Post Editorial Board called out Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman, urging him to debate in order to demonstrate his ability to hold office.

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The Washington Post Editorial Board directly criticized the campaign of Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and Senate candidate, John Fetterman, demanding he actually attend a public debate.

"Mr. Fetterman has seemingly been reluctant to commit to firm debate dates, and that troubling stance has raised questions about whether he, still recovering from a serious stroke, is fit to serve in the Senate," The Post's Editorial Board explained.

The paper recounted that his opponent, Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz, has eagerly called for opportunities to debate, while noting that Fetterman appears to have dodged or kicked the can down the road.

"Mr. Oz has pressed for five debates, but Mr. Fetterman dodged and ducked before tentatively agreeing last week to one but not until 'sometime in the middle to end of October,'" The Post observed. "That's well after Sept. 19, when voters can start casting mail-in ballots, and it's short of the two debates that had been the standard during recent competitive Senate contests in Pennsylvania."

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. and Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman speaks to a crowd gathered at aa United Steel Workers of America Labor Day event with President Joe Biden in West Mifflin, Pa., just outside Pittsburgh, Monday Sept. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Rebecca Droke)

The Post appeared sympathetic to Fetterman's medical problems, but warned that they must be addressed straightforwardly if he wants to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

"Since returning to the campaign trail, Mr. Fetterman has been halting in his performances. He stammers, appears confused and keeps his remarks short. He has held no news conferences," The Post observed.

The board followed by writing, "we wish him a speedy, full recovery — but the lingering, unanswered questions about his health, underscored by his hesitation to debate, are unsettling."

The Post then condemned his campaign, saying they "squandered credibility" by hiding Fetterman's health problems in the first place.

President Joe Biden watches as Democratic Pa. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman takes the stage at a United Steelworkers of America Local Union 2227 event in West Mifflin, Pa., Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, to honor workers on Labor Day. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

"The Fetterman campaign squandered credibility by concealing from the public for two days after his stroke that he had been hospitalized," it explained.

The piece then illustrated that the campaign's response to questions about the candidate's health "is to point to a doctor's note" from "more than 14 weeks ago," the editorial board argued that this tactic from his campaign is "not good enough."

The Post warned that if Fetterman wants to serve the people of Pennsylvania in the Senate, he needs to demonstrate he is worthy of their trust with a public debate.

John Fetterman sits down for interview with MSNBC. (Screenshot/MSNBC/The11thHour)

"Mr. Fetterman is asking voters for a six-year contract without giving them enough information to make sound judgments about whether he's up for such a demanding job," the article explained.

The Washington Post is not the only editorial board to question Fetterman's health.

Prominent Pennsylvania newspaper, the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, warned, "If Mr. Fetterman is not well enough to debate his opponent, that raises serious concerns about his ability to serve as a United States senator."


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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Vic Eldred    2 weeks ago

Does anyone think that the Washington Post is urging Fetterman to more debates out of civic duty?

They know that Fetterman may be in trouble!


Trump is off topic

 
 
 
squiggy
Sophomore Quiet
2  squiggy    2 weeks ago

They're gonna have to chase him down with a shotgun.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  squiggy @2    2 weeks ago

Fetterman? he's hard to find. How long did he live at home?

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
2.1.1  JBB  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    2 weeks ago

Fetterman's home is in Pennsylvania. Oz is from New Jersey via Turkey, where he still votes.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JBB @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

And you think that will win it for Fetterman?

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.3  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @2.1.1    2 weeks ago
Oz is from New Jersey via Turkey, where he still votes.

Via Turkey?

WT actual F??

You KNOW he was born in America, right, and is an American citizen, right?

Oz is registered to vote in Pennsylvania.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.4  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.3    2 weeks ago

Didn't Hillary win a Senate race in New York?

Mitt Romney became the Gov of MA. Who does he represent now?

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.5  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @2.1.1    2 weeks ago
Fetterman's home is in Pennsylvania. Oz is from New Jersey via Turkey, where he still votes.

Seriously, what does that have to do with Fetterman's refusal for debates?

In what delusional world does where Fetterman live have any bearing on his health and refusal for debates?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.6  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.5    2 weeks ago

Tex, don't you know what time it is?

It's time for every good radical leftist to run to a safe space!

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.7  Texan1211  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.6    2 weeks ago
It's time for every good radical leftist to run to a safe space!

I just tire of folks throwing completely irrelevant shit at walls and acting like they posted something real and worthwhile.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.8  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.7    2 weeks ago

I hear ya, but if we don't tolerate that, they take their marbles and their angst to private places.

All of this could have been solved in 2018

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Freshman Quiet
2.1.9  afrayedknot  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1.7    2 weeks ago

“I just tire of folks throwing completely irrelevant shit at walls and acting like they posted something real and worthwhile.”

Comforting to not be cursed with self-awareness…

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.10  Texan1211  replied to  afrayedknot @2.1.9    2 weeks ago
Comforting to not be cursed with self-awareness

I bow to your obvious, personal experience in dealing with your feelings.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
2.1.11  Greg Jones  replied to  afrayedknot @2.1.9    2 weeks ago

No value.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.1.12  Texan1211  replied to  Greg Jones @2.1.11    2 weeks ago
No value.

Shhhhh.

Don't want you startling my stalker.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
3  Sparty On    2 weeks ago

This is the best Penn Dems can muster for the US Senate?

WOW!

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sparty On @3    2 weeks ago

And he doesn't want to defend his beliefs. He wants to pull a Biden.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
3.1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1    2 weeks ago

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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Greg Jones @3.1.1    2 weeks ago

Sadly, that is no joke!

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
4  Sean Treacy    2 weeks ago

He was an ass before he was brain damaged.  He'd be an embarrassment as an alderman. To have Frankenstein's Monster in the Senate would be a disgrace. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
4.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @4    2 weeks ago

Would it be a disgrace to have Dr Oz in the senate? 

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
4.1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1    2 weeks ago

Nope.

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gooseisback
Sophomore Silent
4.1.2  gooseisback  replied to  JohnRussell @4.1    2 weeks ago
Would it be a disgrace to have Dr Oz in the senate? 

John, do you really want two Democrats on capital hill that can't complete a sentence? 

 
 

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