dr. Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman battle Biden performance, economics – NBCNEWS

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John Fetterman is currently the Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.

The heated race in the Pennsylvania Senate this week is under the “Election Spotlight,” Fox News Digital’s series asking top race candidates to respond to the same set of policy and political questions.

Both Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and the famous physician turned GOP candidate, Dr. Mehmet Oz, spoke to Fox News Digital about issues facing America, including President Biden’s administration, the economy, energy and more.

Here’s what the two dueling candidates had to say.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate Joe Biden’s conduct as president and why?

Fetterman: “There is still more work to be done, the American people are struggling and we need to make sure that the government is doing everything it can to lower prices and help the working people.”


oz: “Joe Biden completely let our country down and earned a 0 for not showing up. Its wasteful spending, assault on American energy, failure to tackle inflation and open borders policies have been disastrous for our nation.

“My opponent, John Fetterman, gave him a great assessment during a debate earlier this year, even though the majority of Americans agree that our country is not on the right track under the Joe Biden administration. That is why in November we will be victorious and help Republicans regain control of the Senate.”

dr. Oz is a television personality and cardiothoracic surgeon.
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Do you think the economy has entered a recession? How would you get the economy back on track if you were elected in November?

Fetterman: “We still have a lot of work to do to fix rising costs and inflation and bring down prices for working people in this country. People are in pain. I would continue to fight inflation by expanding production here at home and simplifying our supply chains. Making more shit in America will lower prices for everyone and create more high-paying jobs for people all over Pennsylvania. I would also address the corporate greed and the CEOs making record profits, while increasingly charging the people of Pennsylvania. I have the backbone to actually stand up and tackle the CEOs and corporate special interests and fight to lower the prices for working people, my opponent Dr. Oz doesn’t.”


oz: Whatever the Biden administration wants to call it, two consecutive quarters of shrinking GDP is a recession, and John Fetterman’s spending plans would make matters worse. Joe Biden and his Democrats like John Fetterman have plunged the United States economy into recession. It is time to stand up for American families and get our economy back on track from this downward spiral with a comprehensive energy policy with an emphasis on natural gas. We also need to end reckless spending that overheats the economy with borrowed money.”

John Fetterman is currently the Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

What should voters know about your opponent?

Fetterman: “My multi-millionaire-famous adversary, Dr. Oz doesn’t feel a change in price when he fills his gas tank – if he even pumps his own gas, since they won’t let you do that in Oz’s native New Jersey. He doesn’t get it. He does not feel the rising prices at the pump or in the supermarket. He has no idea what the Pennsylvania families are going through.

“Moving from New Jersey to Pennsylvania to try to take our Senate seat is part of a bigger problem, which is who Oz really is: a con man who is simply using the people of Pennsylvania for his latest vanity project.”

oz: “My opponent is a Bernie Sanders socialist. John Fetterman’s radical liberal policies would drive up gas prices for everyone by destroying our energy industry. He has even called fracking a “blot on Pennsylvania.” He will make our communities less safe and has called for the release of ⅓ of the inmates in prison. It’s no wonder that the far-left Democratic Party leaders — AOC and Elizabeth Warren — have lent their support to someone who shares their radical values.

“It’s about time John Fetterman started answering publicly for his crazy views on things like supporting policies for dangerous sanctuary cities, decriminalizing all drugs, energy-guzzling policies like the Green New Deal, and trillions more in wasteful spending.”

dr.  Mehmet Oz is backed by former President Donald Trump.

dr. Mehmet Oz is backed by former President Donald Trump.
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

What do you think is the most important issue in your country?

Fetterman: “The main problem in Pennsylvania is still inflation and rising prices. When I fill up my Dodge RAM, it still costs a lot more than it did a year ago. When I go grocery shopping, almost everything I buy costs more.

“If we’re serious about cutting gas prices, we need to suspend the federal gas tax to give people at the pump immediate relief. We must also continue to use US oil – and produce and invest more US energy. But inflation doesn’t just affect us at the pump. It is everywhere. So it’s not just energy that we should be making here at home. It’s everything. We should ramp up production in all sectors, increase capacity and supply to lower prices across the board. The supply chain becomes a lot less complicated if it starts and ends here at home, rather than relying on countries abroad.”


oz: “Pennsylvania energy can help solve our current energy crisis. We have enough natural gas under our feet to power the entire country for more than 200 years. Yet Joe Biden and John Fetterman have launched an attack on American energy that has left us dependent on our adversaries around the world. John Fetterman called for the Keystone Pipeline to be canceled, calling fracking a “blot on Pennsylvania.”

“We must unleash the power of American energy, not go abroad begging for energy from Iran, Russia and Venezuela. If the government steered clear of our workers in Pennsylvania, we could use American energy to lower the cost of gas and restore America’s dominance in energy.”

What do you think is your greatest strength going into the midterms?

Fetterman: “I understand what voters in Pennsylvania are going through. Throughout my career I have always fought for the communities and the people left behind by politicians in Washington. Voters know they can trust me to fight for them because I am one of them. I’ve lived in Pennsylvania almost all my life, I’ve visited all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties multiple times, and I know the issues that matter to people across the Commonwealth. dr. Oz not.’

oz: “Radical liberals in Washington only care about the appearance of caring. Their policies have plunged the economy into recession and robbed Americans of their savings. I’m all about solving problems. I’ve spent my life in the medical field, inventing life-saving devices and empowering my patients to become experts in their own health. As an outsider, I have challenged powerful insiders to protect Americans throughout my career, and I will continue to do the same as a US Senator.”

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman
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What do you want to tell voters who are considering voting for your opponent?

Fetterman: “My multi-millionaire celebrity opponent, Dr. Oz, who has 11 homes around the world, doesn’t care about the people of Pennsylvania, he doesn’t understand our struggles, he doesn’t understand our lives. He’s not one of us, and he certainly won’t fight for us in Washington.

He just moved here from New Jersey to run for the Senate. Just as he has been doing on television for nearly two decades now, Dr. Oz just what personally benefits him.’

oz: “I am a political outsider – not a career politician like John Fetterman. I am ready to tackle the establishment and the disastrous Biden-Fetterman agenda of rising crime, skyrocketing inflation, weak leadership and failing schools. John Fetterman has made it clear that he would be a new stamp for the failed policies that are hurting the Pennsylvanians. John Fetterman’s radical, socialist agenda will harm American workers and make our streets less safe. Pennsylvania must send a bold leader to Washington to share a dose of reality and help heal our great country — that’s exactly what I will do.


Check back next week for another edition of Election Spotlight to hear from candidates on the vote this fall.

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