The Washington Post

‘Dr. Oz’ declares run for U.S. Senate seat

- — Amy B Wang and Felicia Sonmez

Mehmet Oz, who rose to fame as “Dr. Oz” on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” said Tuesday he is launching a Republican campaign for Senate in Pennsylvan­ia, in a contest that is seen as a critical race for the GOP if the party wants to regain control of the chamber in 2022.

“Pennsylvan­ia needs a conservati­ve who will put America first, one who could reignite our divine spark,” Oz said in a video, echoing a familiar phrase of former president Donald Trump.

In a statement published in the Washington Examiner, Oz paid deference to Trump and criticized “elites” and others who he said had “squashed” great ideas during the coronaviru­s pandemic. Outside of the headline on the statement, he made little mention of the state or issues related to Pennsylvan­ia.

Oz, 61, joins a crowded field vying to fill the seat of Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA.), who is retiring next year.

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