Fetterman at a campaign event in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Thursday.
Fetterman at a campaign event in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Thursday. Aimee Dilger/SIPA/AP

In an interview with “The View” on Friday morning, Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman said he was “incredibly honored” to earn Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement Thursday in the Senate race against Republican Mehmet Oz.

“I mean, she’s an icon. It’s unbelievable. It’s an honor and I’m so grateful and, you know, she understands what’s at stake here in this race,” Fetterman said.

Winfrey helped launch Oz’s TV career with appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” eventually leading to him getting his own talk show.

When asked if he thinks he has been transparent enough with voters about his health and medical records after having a stroke in May, Fetterman stood by the two doctors’ notes that were released in June and October.  

“I really feel that we have been leaving the same equivalent kind of medical information that Dr. Oz did. And you know, we’ve been running a campaign, and I think we have been very transparent and all of our doctors [believe] — both from June and also in October — all agree that I’m fit to serve,” Fetterman said.

Referencing his debate performance on Oct. 25, Fetterman said, “I think it’s very critical that I showed up, and that’s exactly what I did.”

The Democrat dropped words during answers and occasionally appeared to lose his train of thought during the debate as the two candidates sparred over energy policy, abortion and the economy.

Fetterman was also asked to explain why his position on fracking changed. 

“Any of the issues that I ever had with fracking is really grounded in environmental regulations and once those were passed, and they were addressed, yeah, I support fracking. I absolutely support energy independence as well too and making sure that we can never be held by a country like Russia and making sure that we produce as much American energy as possible, and I fully support fracking,” Fetterman said.

Asked whether or not he was “good on green energy,” Fetterman said, “It’s important to kind of … walk that line between, you know, making sure we produce as much energy from traditional sources here, but we also … make sure that we make the transition to more and more green energy.”

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