Conservatives on social media have been critical of Jon Fetterman’s campaign strategy because he has refused to participate in a debate.
On Tuesday, Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s incumbent lieutenant governor, issued a formal statement declining to debate Odze in the first week of September. He said the Oz campaign’s statement mocked his health and that he chose not to be part of that charade.
Conservative talk radio host Erick Erickson said the Democratic Party was double-standard for accepting Fetterman’s waiver and that Fetterman did not provide enough of an excuse to drop out of the debate.
Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., offered empathy for Fetterman’s health issues but said that the Senate hopeful’s refusal to debate Dr. Oz was a bad look.
For more coverage on this story, check the following additional news sources:
- When Fetterman Declined to Debate, Dr. Oz Made His Stroke an Issue The New York Times
- Lt. Gov. Fetterman won’t participate in early-September debate with Dr. Oz CBS Pittsburgh
- Fetterman rejects Oz offer to hold first debate, calls list of ‘concessions’ insulting NBC News
- Dr Oz is on the ropes in Pennsylvania — and he’s coping in the most bizarre way The Independent
- Fetterman berated for backing out of debate with Dr. Oz: ‘Biden Basement Strategy’ Fox News