Trump endorses Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania Senate race


The endorsement came after months of behind-the-scenes maneuvering by Oz and another prominent candidate in Pennsylvania, Dave McCormick, a hedge fund executive. Both Oz and McCormick entered the primaries after Trump’s first choice for the nomination, Sean Parnell, dropped out of the race late last year.

“The Greater Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a tremendous opportunity to save America by electing the brilliant and well-known Dr. Mehmet Oz to the United States Senate,” the endorsement read. “I have known Dr. Oz for many years, as have many others, if only through his hit television show. He has lived with us through the screen and has always been popular, respected and intelligent. “.

Trump went on to say that he thinks Oz “will be the most capable of winning the general election” and would do well in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Trump touted Oz’s education and medical career in the endorsement. He also said of Oz: “He even said he was in extraordinary health, which made me like him even more (even though he also said I should lose a couple of pounds!)”.

Former First Lady Melania Trump reportedly He preferred Oz to the other candidates, and in his statement, Trump said that Oz would win the support of women.

“Women in particular are drawn to Dr. Oz for his advice and counsel,” the former president said Saturday. “I’ve seen this many times over the years. They know him, they believe in him and they trust him.”

Despite the long relationship between Oz and the Trumps, there were signs that McCormick had an advantage in getting the endorsement. His wife, Dina Powell McCormick, was one of Trump’s top national security aides at the White House. And several trusted Trump advisers, including Hope Hicks and Stephen Miller, had signed on to help McCormick’s campaign.

Jeff Roe, a top Republican consultant who works for McCormick, tweeted in response to Trump’s endorsement that his client “will be the next senator from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
And Parnell, who has endorsed McCormick, tweeted“I’m disappointed in this. Oz is the antithesis of everything that made Trump the best president of my life – it’s the furthest thing from America First and it would be very bad for PA.”
According washington postTrump met with McCormick earlier this week at Mar-a-Lago. The former president told the Post earlier this week that he would make an endorsement in the race in about a week.
Oz, McCormick and other Republican candidates will face off in a May 17 primary for the seat, which is held by retired Republican Pat Toomey. Democrats will also have a competitive primary for the Senate seat, with the race set to be one of the high-profile, and likely one of the most expensive, of the November midterm elections. It could represent the Democrats’ best chance of winning a seat held by the GOP.

“The Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania has already been nasty, expensive and brutal,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Patrick Burgwinkle. “Now, Trump’s endorsement will only intensify this fight within the party, just as it has in GOP Senate primaries across the country, leaving his final candidate severely damaged and out of step with the voters who will decide. the general elections”.

CNN’s Alex Rogers contributed to this report.




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