Former President Donald Trump will finally endorse Mehmet Oz in the Republican primary for Senate in Pennsylvania, the former president announced Saturday.
“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 said, asserting that his decision is “about winning elections.”
Trump noted about the heart surgeon and “Dr. Oz Show” host that staying on television for so many years is “like a poll,” adding, “that means people like you.”
As noted by the Associated Press, Trump had previously announced his endorsement of front-runner Sean Parnell in the Pennsylvania race after Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey said he would not run for re-election. But then Parnell withdrew his candidacy amid abuse allegations from his ex-wife.
Trump said, “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,” referencing Oz’s conservative stance on issues such as abortion, the Second Amendment, and border security.
He also added that “Women, in particular, are drawn to Dr. Oz for his advice and counsel. I have seen this many times over the years. They know him, believe in him, and trust him.”
The leading Republicans in the race are Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick, and recent polls had them neck and neck in the Republican primary contest to be held on May 17.
While on the Democratic side, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman remains in contention against Congressman Conor Lamb.