Fetterman returns to campaign trail at event held at Stage AE

PITTSBURGH — It was back to the campaign trail for Senate candidates Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman just one day after participating in the duo’s first and only debate.

“To be honest with you, doing that debate wasn’t easy,” Fetterman told supporters at a campaign event at Stage AE on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. “I may not get every word the right way, but I will always do the right thing in Washington, D.C.”

Singer Dave Matthews performed for the crowd.

There, Fetterman talked again about becoming a deciding vote for Senate Democrats.

“We’re going to get rid of the filibuster, get rid of it. We need to pass the minimum wage and raise it,” he said.

Dr. Oz was in Harrisburg this afternoon speaking with GOP heavyweight Nikki Haley at the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association. He’s endorsed by the group.

“There’s not a single event I go to where I ask for a show of hands and at least one or two people say their families have been personally affected by fentanyl,” Dr. Oz said. “What does come up is stop bickering and deal with the crises, which is basically letting the people behind me (state troopers) do their jobs.”

Tuesday’s debate was the first chance for many to hear Fetterman following his stroke before the May primary.

We asked several Fetterman supporters if they were concerned about his health. All said no.

Undecided voter Lauryn Fetkovich is.

“I would be concerned just as someone who is in their 20s and wants to see someone who is good and sustainable for the community,” Fetkovich said.

She added that she hasn’t been happy with the tone of the campaigns, calling them too focused on the attack.

“Address the issues that are important to our community, not just say things people want to hear, but show genuine care for people who need it and aren’t heard as commonly,” she said.

Lauryn did say she would not leave the race blank on her ballot and will choose her candidate before Nov. 8.

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