In what may be the most-watched Senate race in the 2022 midterms, former President Donald Trump has officially thrown his support behind Dr. Mehmet Oz for the Republican nomination in Pennsylvania.
The Sunday endorsement could well give the TV doctor a leg up on his biggest rival, businessman David McCormick. However, the move has divided Republicans and Trump insiders over Oz’s questionable conservative bona fides and his viability against a likely progressive Democrat challenger for an open seat that currently belongs to the Republicans.
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“The Great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a tremendous opportunity to Save America by electing the brilliant and well-known Dr. Mehmet Oz for the United States Senate,” Trump wrote in a statement on Saturday.
“I have known Dr. Oz for many years, as have many others, even if only through his very successful television show. He has lived with us through the screen and has always been popular, respected, and smart.”
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— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) April 9, 2022
“Dr. Oz is Pro-Life, very strong on Crime, the Border, Election Fraud, our Great Military, and our Vets, Tax Cuts, and will always fight for and support our under-siege Second Amendment,” the statement continued.
“Perhaps most importantly, I believe that Mehmet Oz will be the one most able to win the General Election against a Radical Left Democrat looking to do unthinkable harm to our Country.”
The race is set to be one of the most competitive this November, as GOP Sen. Pat Toomey is retiring.
“I am honored to receive President Trump’s full support and endorsement, and I thank him for that,” Oz wrote in a Twitter post.
“President Trump knows how critical it is to change the kinds of people we send to Washington. I’m ready to bring an America First agenda to the Senate for Pennsylvania.”
I am honored to receive President Trump’s full support and endorsement, and I thank him for that. President Trump knows how critical it is…