Four months after suffering a stroke he described as a “near-death experience” Lt. Gov. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania acknowledges lingering problems with his speech and hearing that sometimes cause verbal miscues. He has relied on closed captions or the help of staff members to smooth his interactions with voters and reporters as he runs for Senate.
But in one of his most extensive interviews since the stroke in May Mr. Fetterman said he was fully capable of handling the rigors of a campaign that may decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. He described driving his children to school walking several miles a day and rapidly improving his auditory processing — while also lacing into his opponent the celebrity television physician Mehmet Oz who trails in the polls and whose campaign has mocked Mr. Fetterman’s health challenges.
“I’m running a perfectly normal campaign ” Mr. Fetterman said in a 40-minute interview with The New York Times conducted by video on Tuesday. He added at another point “I keep getting better and better and I’m living a perfectly normal life.”