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CNN medical expert blasts Fetterman's campaign for hiding details about his 'significant neurologic injury'
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CNN medical expert blasts Fetterman's campaign for hiding details about his 'significant neurologic injury'

CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner criticized Democrat John Fetterman's campaign on Wednesday for not disclosing specifics about Fetterman's "significant neurological injury."

What did Dr. Reiner say?

Dr. Reiner, a cardiologist and medical expert, told CNN host Jake Tapper than he admired Fetterman for getting on the debate stage despite suffering a "pretty significant neurologic injury."

Unfortunately, Fetterman's prognosis — a relevant question considering he could win election to the U.S. Senate — remains unknown because his campaign has not been transparent, Reiner added.

"Part of the problem is that the campaign was opaque. ... they didn't really disclose the degree of his illness. We don't really know how sick he was," Reiner explained. "In fact, his treating physicians were never made available — to the press or the public. So, we don't really know how much Mr. Fetterman has actually recovered."

Adding that Fetterman "might have had a massive event," he said the lack of transparency makes it impossible to know "how far he can go."

"There is no sin in having a stroke. There's a lot of honor in the dogged determination that it takes to recover. And I admire that," Reiner said. "What I don't admire is the way sort of the campaign has handled the disclosure of his illness."

After the debate on Tuesday night, Dr. Reiner tweeted that "it was wrong" to put Fetterman in that position.

Indeed, subjecting a recent stroke victim to the perils of a major campaign with national implications reveals a lot about what political parties are willing to do to hold on to power. That, of course, is the Republican criticism about Democrats pushing Fetterman as a viable candidate to serve in the U.S. Senate for the next six years.

What did Fetterman say?

The Pennsylvania lieutenant governor admitted Wednesday that debating Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz was not easy.

"To be honest, doing that debate wasn’t exactly easy," he said, CNN reported. "I knew it wasn’t going to be easy having a stroke after five months. In fact, I don’t think that’s ever been done before in American political history."

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