Schumer's comments were in regards to Tuesday's Senate debate between GOP nominee Doctor Mehmet Oz and Democrat Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, while, according to NBC News, "Fetterman's debate performance has Democrats on edge in crucial Pennsylvania Senate race."
On Tuesday evening, Oz and Fetterman met in their only debate before the midterm election. Moderators noted at the beginning of the debate a screen behind them, showing closed captioning for Fetterman, who suffered a stroke earlier this year.
Throughout the evening Fetterman struggled to speak in cogent sentences.
Moderators noted a conflicting statement made by Fetterman in 2018 where he stated that "I don’t support fracking," to which Fetterman replied, "I’ve always supported fracking. And I don’t — I don’t — I support fracking, and I stand, and I do support fracking."Some political analysts believe that following Fetterman’s performance in the debate, polls may shift in favor of Oz to fill the Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.
While providing post-debate commentary, political commentator Chris Stirewalt said it was "irresponsible" for Democrats to encourage Fetterman to continue campaigning for the general election. "My heart really went out to John Fetterman as he struggled, watching as he tried to answer that question about his flip-floping was heartbreaking."
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