Watch: John Fetterman Repeatedly Struggles in Debate with Mehmet Oz

Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman’s struggles were apparent at Tuesday’s U.S. Senate debate with Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz. 

Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor, suffered a stroke days before the Democrat primary in May and has struggled with his words ever since. After facing intense pressure from local and national newspapers like the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Washington Post, Fetterman finally agreed to debate Oz. 

The much-anticipated showdown took place Tuesday night in Harrisburg, where moderators immediately announced that both candidates had access to closed captioning as Fetterman requested it “to help him process the questions.” 

Fetterman’s struggles persisted throughout the hour-long debate as he fought through awkward pauses and struggled with words. The trouble for Fetterman started while responding to the first question when he said,” “Hi, goodnight, everybody.”

Later, while speaking about his record on crime as the mayor of Braddock, Fetterman made several gaffes: 

I was able to stop gun violence for five and half years as mayor — ever accomplished before or since my time as mayor because I’m the only person on this stage right now that has successful about pushing against gun violence and being the community more safe.

“The real doctors that I believe in, they all believe that I’m ready to be serve,” Fetterman stated at one point. 

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