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