Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and the long-time host of The Dr. Oz Show, will enter the Republican primary to replace retiring Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, he announced Tuesday.
“Pennsylvania needs a conservative who will put America first, one who can reignite our divine spark, bravely fight for freedom, and tell it like it is,” Oz said in a video posted to Twitter. The campaign marks Oz’s first foray into electoral politics, but he previously served on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition.
In making his pitch to Pennsylvania voters, Dr. Oz is discussing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Covid-19 became an excuse for government and elite thinkers who controlled the means of communication, especially social media and our major news agencies, to suspend debate. Dissenting opinions from leading scholars, even Nobel Laureates, were cancelled and ridiculed so their ideas could not be disseminated,” he said in a post about why he is running.
“Doctors were forbidden from prescribing legal medications for the first time in our nation’s history. I tried to fund clinical trials to re-purpose an already widely used drug for possible benefits against Covid-19, but they were banned. Instead, government mandated policies that caused unnecessary suffering.”
Oz enters a wide open Senate race for Toomey’s seat, following former Army Ranger Sean Parnell’s withdrawal from the race. Parnell, who is facing an acrimonious divorce and custody battle, said in a statement that he couldn’t continue with his campaign due to a judge’s concern that he would be unable to be a successful single parent while running for office. Parnell had been endorsed by Trump.
This is an excerpt from the Daily Caller.
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