White House Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre said Wednesday that President Biden found Pennsylvania Democratic nominee John Fetterman “impressive,” but declined to weigh whether to release medical records.
Jean-Pierre made the comments during Wednesday’s White House press briefing, which followed a debate between Fetterman and Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz followed.
“In personal discussions the President has had with the Lieutenant Governor, the President has stated that he is an amazing, incredibly smart and talented person who is just as capable as ever of carrying out the duties of his office,” said Jean-Pierre . “And the President himself observed that.”
Fetterman’s health was a focus of the election as he suffered a stroke five months ago. The campaign by Dr. Oz has made repeated requests for access to the Lieutenant Governor’s medical records, which he flatly denied with a “no” during the debate.
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“My doctor believes I’m fit enough to serve and I believe that’s where I stand,” Fetterman said when asked if he would release his medical records Tuesday night.
When asked by a reporter if Biden thinks Fetterman should release his medical records, Jean-Pierre declined to interfere.
“I’ve been asked that question and I leave it to the Lieutenant Governor to make that decision,” she said.
When asked by a reporter, Jean-Pierre said she wasn’t sure if Biden was watching the debate, adding that she couldn’t reach him on Wednesday because of his meeting with Israeli President Isaac Herzog.
In an appearance on CNN’s The Situation Room Tuesday night, Jean-Pierre added that Biden has no concerns about Fetterman.
“You have said that the President thinks Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman is impressive and a capable person. Does he have any concerns about Fetterman after last night’s debate?” asked Wolf Blitzer.
“Not at all. Look, Fetterman, we know he’s also Lieutenant Governor. He could play this role. That’s him. I’ve also said that the President sees him as an authentic middle-class lawyer and so on and so the President has been dating the Lieutenant Governor for quite some time over the last few months,” Jean-Pierre replied.
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During Tuesday’s debate, Fetterman appeared to be making a major policy shift in support of fracking, something he had previously opposed.
“I have always supported fracking and always believe that independence with our energy is vital and we cannot be held to ransom someone like Russia,” Fetterman said. “I’ve always believed that energy independence is crucial and I’ve always believed that — and I support fracking, I’ve never taken money from their industry, but I support the importance of producing our energy and becoming energy independent. “
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When pressed by the moderator about how his response compares to his previous position, Fetterman said, “I support fracking and I don’t do it, I don’t do it — I support fracking and I stand by it and I support fracking.” . “
Fox News’ Kyle Morris contributed to this report.