Fetterman, Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate, to carry first marketing campaign rally since Could stroke

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Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee for Senate, will hold his first public rally next week since four days before May 17. suffered a near-fatal stroke during the upcoming primary, his campaign announced Friday.

A rally is planned for Aug. 12 in Erie, Pa., one of the state’s swing counties. Fetterman has only recently resumed attending in-person fundraisers and a few brief public appearances, but nothing on this scale. scheduled for next week.

“Before 2020 election, I said that if I could know one fact about the results, I could tell you who would win Pennsylvania. Whoever wins Erie County wins Pennsylvania,” Fetterman said in a statement announcing the rally. “Erie County is Pennsylvania’s premier Bell County. I’ve been to Erie dozens and dozens of times in the past, and I’m honored and proud to be back here on the campaign trail.

Donald Trump won Erie County in 2016, and Joe Biden captured it in 2020.

Fetterman will face celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz in the November election. Oz has remained active on the campaign trail since the Republican primary, although he has faced criticism for is reported trips to Ireland and Palm Beach, Fla.

Despite not being on the campaign trail, a recent poll showed Fetterman with an advantage. Fetterman maintained an 11-point lead over Oz, 47 percent to 36 percent, in a Fox News poll released July 28. Three percent supported independent candidate Everett Stern, and 13 percent supported someone else or were undecided.

To interview late last month with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — his first media interview since the stroke — Fetterman said he feels ready to get back on the road.

“Sometimes I might miss a word or say two words in a conversation. Even then, I think it’s rare,” Fetterman said. “So I feel like we’re ready to make a run and those are the only issues I have. It’s absolutely true, 100 percent.”

Fetterman’s campaign office announced on May 15, two days before the primary, that he had suffered a stroke “caused by a clot in my heart, an A-fib rhythm that went too long.” Doctors worked to “quickly and completely remove the clot, reversing the stroke, and they also got my heart under control,” Fetterman said in a statement released by his campaign. Doctors connected a pacemaker with a defibrillator.

He told the Post-Gazette that he has no “physical limitations,” walks four to five miles daily in 90-degree heat, understands words well and has no memory loss. He said he works with a speech therapist and sometimes struggles with hearing.

The race to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R) is considered one of the most competitive in the nation and will help determine majority control of the Senate.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the GOP’s campaign arm, mocked Fetterman with a countdown of his days gone by and an image that read, “Have you seen this person?

She sent out another release hours before Fetterman’s campaign announcement, saying, “Next Friday without Fetterman.”

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