John Fetterman and Dr. Mehmet Oz met in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for a highly anticipated debate on Tuesday night.
Fetterman, the state’s Democratic lieutenant governor, and Republican Oz, who shot to fame as a TV doctor, are vying for a crucial Pennsylvania seat that could decide the balance of power in the Senate.
Fetterman, who suffered a stroke more than five months ago, struggled to communicate effectively at times, missing some words and speaking haltingly. He used closed-captioning posted above the moderator to help him process the moderator’s questions and Oz’s responses, leading to some awkward pauses.
Those speech challenges were apparent throughout the night, but a particularly painful moment came when he was asked to explain his shifting position on fracking, a method of natural gas production that employs tens of thousands of people in Pennsylvania.
“I do support fracking. And I don’t, I don’t. I support fracking, and I stand and I do support fracking,” Fetterman said.
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