STORY: The lieutenant governor, whose campaign acknowledged ahead of time had never been a strong debater, spoke slowly and at times stumbled over words while trying to put Oz on the defensive on abortion during the two men's sole face-to-face meeting.
Fetterman announced that $2 million had poured into his campaign after the debate, as Democrats scramble to gauge how to repair any damage caused by the performance, amid hopes of gaining a critical U.S. Senate seat.
Since summer, Fetterman, 53, has lost his lead in polls to Oz, a 62-year-old celebrity doctor backed by Republican former President Donald Trump, as concerns about rising inflation have helped sour voters on President Joe Biden's Democrats ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
The race to succeed retiring Republican Senator Pat Toomey is Democrats' best hope at gaining ground in the 50-50 Senate, which they control by virtue of Vice President Kamala Harris' tie-breaking vote.
While Fetterman's word during the debate were frequently halting, his speech was noticeably less halting at the rally.