Betterman, a Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate, is holding his first campaign rally since suffering a stroke in May.


Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic Senate candidate, will hold his first public rally next week after suffering a near-fatal stroke four days before the May 17 primary, his campaign announced Friday.

On Aug. 12, Erie, Pa., one of the state’s swing districts. A rally is planned for Fetterman recently started attending in-person fundraising events and made a few brief public appearances — but nothing on that scale. Scheduled for next week.

“Before the 2020 election, I said that if I could know one fact about the results, I could tell who was going to win Pennsylvania. “Whoever wins Erie County will win Pennsylvania,” Fetterman said in a statement announcing the rally. “Erie County is the most important bellwether district in Pennsylvania. I’ve visited 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 in 2020.

Fetterman faces celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz in the November election. Oz has been active on the campaign trail since prevailing in the Republican primary, though he has faced criticism. is reported Trips to Ireland and Palm Beach, Fla.

Despite his absence from the campaign trail, a recent poll showed Fetterman in the lead. A Fox News poll released on July 28 showed Fetterman leading Oz by 11 points, 47 percent to 36 percent.

In An interview at the end of last month In his first media interview since his stroke — with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — Fetterman said he’s ready to get back on track.

“Every now and then in a conversation I might miss a word or I might mispronounce a couple of words. Even then, I think it’s rare,” Fetterman said. “So I feel like we’re ready to run, and that’s the only problem I have. That’s the whole truth, 100 percent.

Fetterman’s campaign office announced on May 15, two days before the primary, that he had suffered a stroke, “a clot from my heart in an overtime A-fib rhythm.” Doctors “quickly and completely removed the tumor, reversed the stroke, and they got my heart under control,” Fetterman said in a statement released by his campaign. Doctors attached the pacemaker to the defibrillator.

He told the Post-Gazette that he has “no physical limitations,” walks four to five miles every day in 90-degree heat, understands words well and doesn’t lose his memory. He said he works with a speech therapist and has difficulty hearing at times.

Retiring Senate. Patrick J. The race to fill Toomey’s (R) seat is considered one of the nation’s most competitive and could help determine majority control of the Senate.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the GOP’s campaign arm, teased Fetterman, asking, “Have you seen this guy?”

Hours before the Fetterman campaign announcement, it sent out another release calling it “another Fetterman-less Friday.”

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