Pennsylvania Senate candidate and state Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D) was not able to engage in small talk, according to NBC News correspondent Dasha Burns.
Burns interviewed Fetterman, who is running agianst Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz, Tuesday on “NBC Nightly News.”
She said Fetterman’s campaign “required” closed captions for the interview, noting that when he wasn’t using them “it wasn’t clear he was understanding our conversation.”
Host Lester Holt opened the segment by saying her interview was not a typical one for campaign season.
“No, Lester, because of his stroke, Fetterman’s campaign required closed captioning technology for this interview to essentially read our questions as we asked them,” Burns said. “And, Lester, in small talk before the interview, without captioning, it wasn’t clear he was understanding our conversation.”
WATCH THE CLIP BELOW:
Fetterman: “I always thought it was pretty empathetic — emphetic, I think I was very — excuse me — empathetic. You know, that’s an example of the stroke, empathetic. I started as very empathetic before having a stroke. But now after that stroke [I understand Americans’ issues]” pic.twitter.com/EQ4ozf9Rzc— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 12, 2022
Burns doubled down Wednesday after other journalists accused her of being bad at “small talk” for her comments.
It's possible for two different reporters to have two different experiences w a candidate. Our team was in the room w him & reported what happened in it, as journalists do. Before & after closed captioning was on.— Dasha Burns (@DashaBurns) October 12, 2022
Our full intv is now available to watch:https://t.co/UIRrzEd70X https://t.co/3s1TBKjFhb
NBC reporter says she found it was “difficult” for Fetterman to engage in “small talk” without use of a closed captioning system.— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 12, 2022
“Our team was the first to be in the room with Fetterman for an interview rather than via remote video conference.” pic.twitter.com/8rtj2zLj4M
WATCH MORE BELOW:
In an exclusive interview with @NBCNews’ @DashaBurns, the Democratic nominee in a crucial Pennsylvania race John Fetterman said that his recovery “changes everything” and that it would not affect his ability to serve in the Senate if voters choose him over Republican Mehmet Oz. pic.twitter.com/q77oSo5iUs— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 12, 2022
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