Dr. Oz launches GOP Senate run in Pennsylvania
TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz on Tuesday launched his campaign to become the next U.S. senator from Pennsylvania.
Oz made the announcement in a Washington Examiner op-ed, which sharply criticized how the government has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic but did not mention the word "Pennsylvania" once. He asserted that "many" of the COVID deaths "were preventable."
"During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That's why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal," Oz wrote.
Oz, a Republican, joins several other candidates who are vying for the hotly contested seat being vacated by retiring GOP Senator Pat Toomey. There was a major shakeup in the field last week, when Trump-endorsed candidate Sean Parnell dropped out of the race after losing a custody battle amid abuse allegations by his estranged wife..
In a video released by his campaign, Oz said "Pennsylvania needs a conservative who will put America first." He also criticized the federal government's pandemic response.
"Washington got it wrong," Oz said. "They took away our freedom without making us safer."