One of the most anticipated debates on Tuesday night was the one between Mehmet Oz and John Fetterman – the first time both contenders for the Pennsylvania Senate race appeared together onstage. If you’re a political nerd, you probably look forward to debates during election season – getting to hear about important policies being proposed and fiery attacks and stinging comebacks as your favorite candidate spars with their opponent. However, it often helps if you remind yourself that these debates are not made for you especially – you have to put yourself in the shoes of someone who isn’t too familiar with politics and is undecided on who to vote for.
Overall, there are usually very few of these undecided people who will tune in – and a number of voters who just treat it like they would a baseball game. They’ll cheer for their candidate and boo the other one – but very rarely do you go to a baseball game where you’re undecided who you’ll root for until the game starts. This particular debate, however, is important for another reason – as Mehmet Oz has been avoiding the question of whether or not he’ll support an abortion ban as senator – and tonight, Fetterman held him to it.
Oz gave a garbled answer that he’d support a woman’s health care decision made between her, her physician, and her local political leaders. Oz gave the worst possible answer he could give – citing that he wants politicians to be making healthcare decisions – and this is the moment of the campaign that will air in ad after ad leading to Election Day. Give what you can to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s campaign today and let’s do all we can to get him in the Senate – giving Democrats the votes to codify Roe v. Wade!
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making