“I avoid going to the doctor.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent a defibrillator implant in 2001. He completed two terms at the White House in 2004, including a hard-fought re-election campaign.

“Doctors have told me that I need to rest, eat healthy, exercise and focus on my recovery, and that’s exactly what I’m doing,” Mr Feterman said. “It will take some more time to get back to the campaign trail as I was in the early stages. It’s frustrating – even more so because it’s my own fault – but bear with me, I need some more time. I’m still not 100 percent back, but I’m getting closer every day. “

When he returns to the campaign, his Republican challenger will be Dr. Mehmet Oz, a celebrity television physician. With a statewide recount underway Friday in the Republican Senate primary and no official race call, David McCormick admitted the race to Dr. Oz.

Ed Rendell, a former Democratic governor of the state and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said in an interview Friday that he had no qualms about serving Mr. Faterman. He downplayed the impact Mr Faterman’s health would have on voters, saying he did not think it would be a problem.

“When I was governor, Republicans said I was one cheese steak away from having a heart attack, and I never did,” Mr. Randall said.

Nancy Patton Mills, chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Democrats, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday. The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Mr. Feterman has stopped campaigning since his stroke and has since released occasional short videos. In a sign that Mr. Fitterman is returning to some political engagement, Pennsylvania Democrat Senator Bob Casey wrote on Twitter that he had a “virtual double date” with Mr. Fitterman and his wife, Gisele Barreto Fitterman. Friday afternoon.

“Looking forward to more on the campaign trail this summer!” Mr. Casey wrote.

Gina Kolata And Neil Vigdor Contributing Reporting.

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