Start time, how to watch and stream the Fetterman-Oz showdown
John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz will face off in Harrisburg on Tuesday in the first and only debate in this year’s race for the Pennsylvania Senate, in which each candidate will try to win over undecided voters ahead of the 2022 election on Nov. 8.
The debate will be the first time many voters have seen the two candidates speak outside the context of the ads that covered television and radio stations across the state. Currently, Fetterman leads Oz in most pollsbut the race remains tight.
For Fetterman, the debate will also be the first time voters will see him speak at length after his stroke in May. He still has speech processing issues and he will use closed captions during the debate to ensure he understands the questions being asked. In a medical report published this monthFetterman’s doctor said he “has no work restrictions and can work full-time in public service.”
Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, questioned Fetterman’s health throughout the campaign season, and published its own health records showing he was in “excellent health” last month.
As many as nine million people could tune in to the debate, broadcaster Nexstar Media Group, Inc. said in a statement. Here’s what you need to know:
The debate between Fetterman and Oz is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. and last for an hour.
It will take place in Harrisburg at the studios of abc27, an ABC affiliate that serves the Susquehanna Valley. ABC27 anchor Dennis Owens will moderate the panel alongside Pittsburgh-based NBC affiliate WPXI anchor Lisa Sylvester.
The debate will air in 62 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, as well as parts of Ohio, New York and Washington, DC, Nexstar, who owns abc27, said in a statement. In the Philadelphia area, the debate will be broadcast live on PHL-17.
Nexstar’s NewsNation, which serves as the company’s cable news network, will also broadcast the debate statewide. Leland Vittert’s pre-debate analysis begins on this station at 7 p.m. Chris Cuomo will handle the post-debate analysis at 9 p.m. Check out the NewsNation website to see which channel to tune to, depending on your TV provider.
If you have Verizon Fios TV as your cable provider, you may run into issues. Verizon has blocked all stations belonging to the Nexstar Media group – which includes all WPHL stations such as PHL17, as well as NewsNation – on its service on October 15. The companies failed to secure a new distribution deal earlier this month, leading to the outage.
It’s unclear when the channels might be available to Fios subscribers again. Verizon says that it will endeavor to return the stations to customers as soon as possible.
You can also stream the debate live. In addition to watching it on the PHL17 website, the debate will air on a number of other stations’ websites, including New York’s WETM-TV, WPIX-TV and WIBV-TV, as well as New York-based WDVM. Washington, DC. -TV. All Pennsylvania-based stations airing the debate will also air it on their respective websites, nextstar said.