Fetterman to POLITICO: I will debate Oz

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The Pennsylvania Democrat said his camp is discussing accommodations for his hearing problems, but “we’re going to be able to work that out.”

Democratic Pa. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman greets people at a United Steelworkers of America Local Union 2227 event in West Mifflin, Pa., Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. | Susan Walsh/AP Photo

By Holly Otterbein

09/07/2022 04:25 PM EDT

Updated: 09/07/2022 04:44 PM EDT

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PHILADELPHIA — John Fetterman said he is committing to attending one debate with his Republican opponent, Mehmet Oz, in the closely watched battle for the Senate in Pennsylvania, but his campaign is still discussing accommodations for his auditory processing problems.

The announcement comes as Oz has ramped up pressure on Fetterman, who suffered a stroke in May, to agree to a series of debates beginning in early September.

“We’re absolutely going to debate Dr. Oz, and that was really always our intent to do that,” Fetterman told POLITICO in an exclusive interview. “It was just simply only ever been about addressing some of the lingering issues of the stroke, the auditory processing, and we’re going to be able to work that out.”

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