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Oz Mocks Fetterman’s Health in Spat Over Pennsylvania Debate

  • Democratic candidate says he’s still recovering from stroke
  • Fetterman leads Oz in polls of crucial US Senate contest
Mehmet Oz

Mehmet Oz

Photographer: Hannah Beier/Bloomberg

John Fetterman, the Democratic Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, said Tuesday he won’t debate rival Mehmet Oz next week, saying he’s still recovering from a stroke and calling Oz’s attempts to challenge him to a face-to-face encounter a “farce.”

The debate over debates is a well-worn ritual of US politics, with the trailing candidate usually seeking more debates in hopes of forcing an opponent into a poor performance. Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor, leads Oz by 9 percentage points in the FiveThirtyEight average of polls despite being largely absent from the campaign trail following pacemaker surgery in May.