US Midterms: Senate Candidate John Fetterman Fit For Work, Doctor Says

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The Facts

  • Pennsylvania Senate Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, "has no work restrictions and can work full duty in public office," according to a letter from his doctor released by Fetterman's campaign on Wednesday.

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Dr. Clifford Chen, who became Fetterman's primary care physician following his stroke in May, carried out physical exams on Friday and concluded that the Senate candidate is in good health.

The Spin

Republican narrative

Fetterman's campaign is again trying to mislead the public about the candidate's health — we must remember that this is just a one-page letter from his doctor claiming that he's fit for public office work, not medical records proving it. Ignoring the alarming results of his exams, which have been downplayed by Chen, this document contradicts recent reports from NBC reporter Dasha Burns, who questioned whether the Senate candidate could even understand what she was saying during a recent interview.

Democratic narrative

This medical report proves that Fetterman has been recovering well from his stroke and openly talking about this medical challenge with Pennsylvanians. Despite the GOP's cynical attempt to use his health condition as an electoral tool against him, voters are focused on policies, not opportunistic attacks. The truth is that, while Fetterman will be much better by January, Oz will still be a fraud.

Nerd narrative

There's a 30% chance that Mehmet Oz will win the 2022 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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