Lt. Gov. John Fetterman celebrates Oprah endorsement: ‘It’s unbelievable. On “The View,” the Pennsylvania Senate candidate talks about his health after having a stroke in May. He also explains why he fully supports fracking and how his upbringing is different from that of his opponent, Dr. Oz.
John Fetterman, a Democrat running for the Senate in Pennsylvania, told the hosts of ABC’s “The View” on Friday that he is thrilled that Oprah Winfrey backed him over his Republican opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz and her former TV sidekick.
John Fetterman Celebrates Oprah Endorsement
John Fetterman said, “I can’t believe it, but she’s an icon.” “It’s an honor and I’m so glad that she knows how important this race is.” In the 2000s, Winfrey’s popular daytime show made Oz known all over the country as “America’s Doctor.” On Thursday night, she said she was backing Fetterman in a close Senate race that could decide which party controls the chamber.
Winfrey said in an online discussion about the importance of voting, “If I lived in Pennsylvania, I would have already voted for John Fetterman for many reasons.” Winfrey had been quiet about Oz’s run for months. Late Thursday night, the Oz campaign replied to her vote for Fetterman.
Brittany Yanick, a spokesperson, said, “Doctor Oz loves Oprah and respects the fact that they have different political views.” “He thinks that Washington needs to be less extreme and more balanced.” Fetterman had a stroke in May and has been seeing a speech therapist ever since. In last week’s debate between Fetterman and Oz, two monitors were hung above the moderators’ heads to transcribe the questions and Oz’s answers in real-time. This helped Fetterman, who had trouble processing what he heard. A week before Fetterman’s debate with Oz, his doctors told him he was ready for “full duty” at work. Even so, he didn’t give out his medical records.
In “The View,” Fetterman talked about how he was feeling.
“Every day I keep getting better and better,” he said. “I really do believe that both of our doctors think we’re fit to serve and we’ve been able to keep up with the rigours of running a campaign and going all over Pennsylvania, spending thousands and thousands of miles all over the state.”
Ana Navarro, a co-host on “The View,” said that senators have had serious health problems in the past, but none of them had these problems before they were elected. Navarro asked Fetterman if he owed voters full information about his health since he had only shared two letters from his doctor and had not shared his medical records.
It's been an action-packed week meeting voters all across our beautiful Commonwealth
Literally everywhere we go, the people of PA are fired up 🔥 + ready to flip this seat 🔵
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— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) November 5, 2022
“I really think that we have been leaving the same kind of medical information that Dr. Oz did,” he said. “We have been very open about what all of our doctors think and both in June and in October, they all agreed that I am fit to serve.”
“I believe in the team of my doctors and I believe that we’re able to have this conversation right now on live TV,” he said. “I think we are running a very open race when it comes to health issues.”
Everyone deserves the chance to live the American Dream 🇺🇸
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) November 4, 2022
Fetterman talked about his debate with Oz last week. He said that it “certainly wasn’t an even event” for him, but that it was “critical” that he “showed up.”
“I was glad to be there,” he said. “Being with all of you today was much nicer than being on stage with Dr. Oz.”
During his argument with Oz, Fetterman asked him about his money and how many mansions he owns. Fetterman says that, even though he had a good upbringing himself, he and his opponent are different in this way. Fetterman said, “It’s not a perfect comparison in terms of money, but I’ve spent my whole life helping young people get their GEDs, running for mayor of the town, and fighting against gun violence while they try to grow the economy.”
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Dr. Oz Statement
“Dr. Oz chose to fight hard for his money,” he said. During last week’s debate, Oz made a controversial statement about a woman’s decision to have an abortion. He said, “I don’t want the federal government to have anything to do with that. I want women, doctors, and local and state political leaders to lead the democracy and put forward the best ideas so states can decide for themselves.”
Just finished another great day in Pennsylvania as part of the @AFTunion's #AFTvotes Bus tour. We started the day at @unitehere's GOTV rally with members & leaders of @AFTPA & @PFTLocal3, as well as some friends from @AMarch4OurLives. https://t.co/pyq4v95I4K
— Randi Weingarten 🇺🇦🇺🇸💪🏿👩🎓 (@rweingarten) November 5, 2022
Fetterman said on “The View” that “as a local political official,” he doesn’t have a say in the matter. “I’ve always thought that a woman has to choose between her doctor and herself,” he said. “I’ve always believed in Roe v. Wade.”
Fracking was another hot topic during the debate. Even though Fetterman had been against it in the past, he came out in favor of it during his debate. He told co-host, Alyssa Darah Griffin, on Friday, “Any problems I’ve ever had with fracking were really about environmental regulations. Once those were passed and dealt with, you know, I support fracking.”
POST-DEBATE Pennsylvania Senate polls
Fox News: Fetterman 45%, Oz 42%
Suffolk/USA Today: Fetterman 47%, Oz 45%
Muhlenberg/MC: Fetterman 47%, Oz 47%
Monmouth: Fetterman 48%, Oz 44%
InsiderAdvantage: Oz 48%, Fetterman 45%
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) November 2, 2022
“I’m all for energy independence, too, and making sure we’re never held hostage by a country like Russia. I also think we should make as much energy in the U.S. as we can,” he said. “I totally agree with fracking. Fetterman also said that he thinks it’s important to “walk that line” between making sure we get as much energy as possible from traditional sources and investing in ways to switch to more and more green energy.
Fetterman said on “The View” that inflation is “really important” to voters and “a tax on working people,” which is something he thinks Oz can’t understand.
“To really understand how to fight inflation, you have to know how it works and how it affects working people, and I don’t think Dr. Oz really gets that,” Fetterman said, adding that it’s “critical that we step up and fight against” corporate greed and price gouging. “As we all know, inflation hurts working families all over Pennsylvania, and I think that makes corporations make record profits,” he said. “It’s more important than ever that we stand with American workers and make sure that more and more things are made here, both in Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States.
At the end of his interview on a daytime talk show, Fetterman told Pennsylvania voters what he wanted to say and accused his opponent of “using Pennsylvania” in the process. “I believe I’m running to serve Pennsylvania because I’ve spent my whole career serving Pennsylvania, and I think Dr. Oz is basically using Pennsylvania,” he said. “Oz is trying to buy the seat here, and he’s going to spend over $20 million of his own money.”
Fetterman went on to say, “I really want to fight for every person in Pennsylvania who has ever been knocked down and had to get back up.” “I fundamentally believe that I’m always going to get better and better, and Dr. Oz is going to remain the kind of fraud in the kind of career, lying and selling these kinds of magic pills, and making himself rich,” he said.
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