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Fetterman campaign agrees to Oct. 25 debate with Oz

The Oz statement said the Republican would agree to the debate under three conditions: if the moderator explained to the audience that Fetterman was using a closed captioning system, if the practice debate did not include real debate questions, and if the debate ran for 90 minutes instead. of 60.

“If these three reasonable requests are acceptable to the Fetterman campaign, then we will accept the debate invitation on October 25,” the Oz campaign said in a statement, continuing to blast Fetterman for only accepting one debate.

The Fetterman campaign came before the Oz attack in its statement.

“We said from the beginning that we would have a debate, which John reiterated very clearly again last week. Enough distractions, it’s time to talk about the issues,” Rebecca Katz, senior adviser to the Fetterman campaign, said in the statement.

Katz continued to hit Oz on his answers to questions on whether he would support an abortion ban that Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) proposed this week.

“While John will debate Dr. Oz next month, Oz doesn’t have to wait that long to be honest with Pennsylvania voters about where he really stands on abortion,” she said. “It’s a simple question, doctor: Would you vote for the Republican national abortion ban, or would you vote against it?”

The Oz campaign has reiterated that the Republican opposes abortion with exceptions for the life of the mother, rape and incest, but has not directly addressed the Graham proposal. In a statement to the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday, Oz spokeswoman Brittany Yanick said that as a senator, Oz would “want to ensure that the federal government is not involved in interfering with state decisions on the subject.”

While Fetterman has agreed to face his opponent, it has been a tough year for scheduling debates. Debate avoidance took off in the primaries this year and has continued through the fall, raising questions about the future of the democratic practice.

In another closely watched Senate race in Georgia, former football star Herschel Walker, the state’s Republican nominee, and Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock finally agreed on Tuesday evening in a debate on October 14 in Savannah after Walker avoided a commitment for months. And on the weekend, Democrat Katie Hobbs’ campaign announced that she would not debate Republican Kari Lake in the Arizona governor’s race, expressing concern that a debate with Lake would “just create another drama like we saw in the GOP primary debate.”