Mehmet Oz, a well-known celebrity doctor, declared Tuesday his candidacy for Senator in Pennsylvania. He joins a strong Republican primary field in this crucial battleground state.
The announcement of the 61-year-old Oz, a cardiac surgeon, author, and host of TV’s “Dr. Oz Show”, was widely anticipated by the American public. He has been building a campaign team to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey in 2022. If the Democrats retain their slim majority in the Senate, the high-profile Senate race could decide the outcome.
“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. That’s why I’m running for Senate,” Oz said in a statement.
Oz will have his first national interview as Senate candidate, Tuesday evening on Fox News’ Hannity. Sean Hannity, the host of Fox News’ “Hannity” teased Oz’s appearance on Monday night. He said that Oz had made a big announcement and hinted at a midterm election.
I’m running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania because America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington. I’m a world-class surgeon, fighter, and health care advocate stepping forward to cure our country’s ills. Watch my announcement video now! pic.twitter.com/yLhKsZm9sl— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) November 30, 2021
Oz enters the GOP Senate Primary with a large name recognition thanks to his TV show. Oz was first introduced to Oprah Winfrey’s huge audience more than a decade back, grabbing national attention. Oz would be able to fund his Senate campaign by using his estimated net worth, which is approximately $100 million.
For many years, Oz has resided in New Jersey. However, Oz registered to vote in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County last December as a Republican. He used the residence of his parents in Bryn Athyn, a wealthy Philadelphia suburb, as his residence.
He voted in Pennsylvania twice this year by absentee ballot, according to election records. Decades ago, Oz lived in Keystone State. He graduated from Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania’s medical schools in 1986.
Oz is an outsider politician and a first-time candidate. He will be scrutinized for his political views. He will also be questioned about his controversial medical advice. His peers have criticised him for promoting diet pills that other doctors deem a scam.
Last year, Oz sparked some controversy for advocating the use of hydroxychloroquine to fight against the COVID-19 virus.
“COVID has shown us that our system is broken. We lost too many lives, too many jobs, and too many opportunities because Washington got it wrong. They took away our freedom without making us safer and tried to kill our spirit and our dignity. As a heart surgeon, I know how precious life is,” Oz stated.