Pennsylvania Senate Candidate John Fetterman Pressed By NBC Interviewer Over His Health

On Friday, Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman (D) sat for an interview with NBC reporter Dasha Burns and faced some tough questions about his health.

In May, Fetterman, who opposes Republican candidate Mehmet Oz in the Pennsylvania Senate race, suffered a serious stroke just after winning the primary race.

Since then, Oz and his campaign have pressed Fetterman about his health and insisted that he sit for debates so that voters could judge his fitness to represent them. While Fetterman resumed his role as lieutenant governor soon after the stroke, he did not resume campaigning at public events until August.

His absence has been felt in the polls, as Oz erased the double-digit deficit he faced following the primaries and now trails Fetterman by less than 4%.

In Friday’s interview, Burns asked Fetterman if the stroke would have an impact on his ability to serve as senator.

“I don’t think it’s going to have an impact,” replied Fetterman. “I feel like I’m gonna get better and better — every day.”

“And by January, I’m going [to] be, you know, much better,” he continued. “And Dr. Oz is still going to be a fraud.”

Fetterman acknowledged that he still has trouble speaking clearly, and he sometimes struggles to understand what he hears.

“And every now and then I’ll miss a word,” he continued. “Or sometimes I’ll maybe mush two words together.”

“But as long as I have captioning, I’m able to understand exactly what’s being asked,” Fetterman added.

However, Fetterman refused to make his medical records public and would not allow his doctors to be interviewed. When asked about this refusal, Fetterman said he thought he had been transparent enough already.

“Our doctor has already given a record saying I’m ready to serve,” he replied.

Burns then reminded Fetterman that that letter was issued six months ago.

“Don’t voters deserve to know your status now?” she asked.

Fetterman replied that by giving interviews and speaking in front of thousands of people, voters have the information they need to decide if his health is an issue.