Oz and Shapiro set for ‘candidates talks’ with Pa. Chamber after debates collapse

Republican U.S. Senate nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro are confirmed for “candidate talks” at a Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and Industry dinner next month in Hershey.

The separate 30-minute talks on Oct. 3 at Hershey Lodge will take place after a point-and-counterpoint exchange featuring former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman and political strategist Donna Brazile.

Brazile and Christie will discuss Pennsylvania’s role in the country’s political environment and in the upcoming 2024 presidential election.

The Pennsylvania Cable Network will provide live coverage of the Brazile/Christie portion of the program.

PA Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein will host with Oz and Shapiro, and ABC27 news anchor Dennis Owens will moderate the point-counterpoint.

Owens was to moderate a debate between Shapiro, the state’s attorney general, and Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, but that fell through when Mastriano dismissed Owens and insisted that he and Shapiro each choose a moderator.

Mastriano ignored reporters and mainstream media during his campaign, reaching out only to conservative outlets or using social media to reach voters.

Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor, did not respond to the House’s invitation for a debate.

Fetterman has only accepted one debate with Oz, which is scheduled for Oct. 25 in Harrisburg and will be broadcast live by Nexstar Media Group TV affiliates statewide.

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