Fetterman at debate on fitness to serve: "Transparency is about showing up"
John Fetterman, Pennsylvania's Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, responded to a question during Tuesday's debate about his fitness to serve after experiencing a stroke, saying, "For me, transparency is about showing up," while emphasizing his doctor's positive outlook on his recovery.
Driving the news: "I'm here today to have a debate," the Democratic candidate said during the first and only televised debate before the Nov. 8 election against his Republican opponent Mehmet Oz.
- Fetterman did not commit to releasing his full medical records. "My doctor believes I'm fit to serve," Fetterman said.
- He added that he's been campaigning in public.
The big picture: Last week, Fetterman released a note from his doctor that said he was recovering well from the stroke in May, per the Associated Press.
- Oz's campaign has repeatedly pressed Fetterman to release his health records.
- Fetterman mentioned his stroke in his opening remarks, referring to his health as the "elephant" in the room.
State of play: Fetterman's campaign agreed to a debate with Oz in September and they called Tuesday's match-up "unprecedented."
- "There’s never been a closed-captioned political debate in a high-profile Senate race where one of the candidates is dealing with a lingering auditory processing challenge while recovering from a stroke," Fetterman's campaign said earlier that day.
- The debate featured closed captioning, a request by Fetterman's team.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details.