“I would never be in this if we weren’t absolutely 100% capable of fully racing and winning – and we think we are,” Fetterman said.
Fetterman suffered a stroke in May, days before the primary election, which he won while hospitalized. He has since been recuperating at home, taking small steps to resume the campaign he has been involved in via virtual appearances since the stroke.
Fetterman’s campaign office announced on May 15, two days before the primary, that he suffered a stroke “caused by my heart clot in A-fib rhythm for too long.” Doctors worked to “quickly and completely remove the clot, reversing the stroke, they also brought my heart under control,” Fetterman said in the statement released by his campaign. Doctors attached a pacemaker with a defibrillator.
He told the Post-Gazette he had “no physical limitations,” walked four to five miles a day in 90-degree heat, understood words correctly, and didn’t had lost none of his memory. He said he sometimes struggled to hear and could “miss a word” or “mouth two words together”, although he said that didn’t happen often. He said he was working with a speech therapist.
“I can miss a word once in a while in a conversation, or I can articulate two words. Even then, I think it’s infrequent,” Mr. Fetterman continued, “so I feel like that we’re ready to race, and that’s the only problem I have. That’s the absolute truth, 100 per cent.”
Fetterman was scheduled to travel to Philadelphia on Wednesday night for his first in-person fundraiser since the stroke.
The Post-Gazette asked if Fetterman thought he was mentally and physically ready for a tough campaign. Pennsylvania’s race to take the seat held by incumbent Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R) is considered one of the most competitive in the nation, pitting the Democrat against Oz, which has the backing of former President Donald Trump.
“One hundred percent. Physically I have no limits – and mentally, again, as I mentioned before, the only problem is that my hearing still isn’t perfect,” said Fetterman, who declared that he would be in the electoral campaign very soon.
Fetterman appeared on a video call with the reporter from his home in Braddock, Pennsylvania.
Fetterman’s campaign spokesman Joe Calvello echoed that sentiment in a statement to the Post. Fetterman, he said, is living a “pretty normal life right now,” running errands with his kids and hanging out with his wife, Gisele.