A debate took place this week between Democratic Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman and his Republican opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Fetterman suffered a stroke earlier this year, and even some liberal observers acknowledged that it hindered his performance. However, President Joe Biden has a different opinion: according to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, the president thinks Fetterman is “impressive.”
Biden calls Fetterman an “incredibly bright and talented person”
Fox News reported that Jean-Pierre’s comments came in response to a reporter’s question during a briefing on Wednesday.
“In personal conversations that the president has had with the lieutenant governor, the president has found him to be an impressive, incredibly bright and talented person who’s just as capable as always to carry the duties of his office,” Jean-Pierre said. “And that is what the president has observed himself.”
However, the White House press secretary was less forthcoming when she was asked whether or not Biden agrees that Fetterman should release his medical records.
“I’ve been asked this question and I leave that over to the lieutenant governor to make that decision,” Jean-Pierre said in response.
For News noted that during his debate, Fetterman himself refused to say whether he intends to make his medical records publicly available.
“My doctor believes that I am fit to be serving, and that’s what I believe is where I’m standing,” the network quoted him as saying.
Fetterman struggled to remain coherent as debate unfolded
Throughout the course of Wednesday’s debate, Fetterman repeatedly struggled to answer questions in a coherent manner.
He also had several bizarre moments, such as when he began shouting off-camera about Social Security as Oz attempted to make his closing remarks.
At another point, Fetterman experienced difficulty in attempting to reconcile his current support for fracking with having previously voiced opposition to the industry.
I love political theater. Pennsylvania debate:
Q: “But there is that 2018 interview where you said, ‘I don’t support fracking at all.’”
Fetterman: “[Silence] Oh. Uh. I do support fracking. And…I don’t. I don’t…I support fracking. And, I stand…and I do support fracking.” pic.twitter.com/J8BGPr3qqm
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