Is it possible that the American people may soon face the prospect of being ruled by a man who struggles to communicate even more than Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.? Some sure seem to think so.
MSNBC reporter and media personality Katy Tur suggested that Lt. Gov. John Fetterman could be “a nominee at some point for president,” during a recent segment, while also saying that there could be other “variables.”
The state lieutenant governor, who was afflicted with a stroke earlier this year, has been projected to win the Pennsylvania Senate race.
Fetterman, who has suffered from major communication issues following complications from the stroke, had to use closed captioning in order to understand questions asked to him during a debate against former Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Campaign communications director Joe Calvello alleged that “delayed captions filled with errors” had made things harder on Fetterman.
“The closed captioning process functioned as expected during rehearsal and again during tonight’s debate. We regret that Mr. Fetterman and his campaign feel otherwise,” Nexstar chief communications officer Gary Weitman said in a statement.
Fetterman has refused to make his stroke-related medical records available to the public. Many Americans have criticized him for this, pointing to many instances of cognitive issues including during his debate performance as ample justification for the request.
“Hi, goodnight, everybody. I’m running to serve Pennsylvania,” Fetterman said during his introductory statement.
ABC27's Dennis Owens: "What qualifies you to be a U.S. Senator?"
John Fetterman: "Hi, goodnight, everybody. I'm running to serve Pennsylvania. [@DrOz] is running to use Pennsylvania. Here's a man that spent more than $20 million…to try to buy that seat." #PASen pic.twitter.com/RPyXN8H6Tb
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 26, 2022
Oz congratulated Fetterman for the win.
“This morning I called John Fetterman and congratulated him. I wish him and his family all the best, both personally and as our next United States Senator,” Oz said. “Campaigning throughout our great Commonwealth was the honor of a lifetime, and I will cherish the memories and the people I met. Pennsylvanians showed up with passion and a vision for a bright future that I found inspiring every day. I want to thank my supporters, so many of whom worked tirelessly to spread our message and support me and my family.”
NEW: Mehmet Oz says in a statement that he called Democrat John Fetterman to congratulate him after projected win in Pennsylvania.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 9, 2022
Those interested in watching the entire debate between the TV celebrity doctor and the Pennsylvania lieutenant governor can do so below: