GOP U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz took the high road when questioned by Fox News about media mogul Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement of his Pennsylvania opponent, Democrat John Fetterman.
Winfrey launched Oz’s career in syndicated television, which made him a household name.
According to “One Nation” host Brian Kilmeade, the heart surgeon asked Oprah, his longtime friend, to stay on the sidelines during the campaign.
After playing a soundbite of Oprah saying, however, that “if I lived in Pennsylvania, I would have already cast my vote for John Fetterman for many reasons,” Kilmeade asked the physician on Saturday if he was bothered by her commentary.
(Video: Fox News)
“No. I love Oprah,” Oz replied in the video clip embedded above. “She and I have different politics. That’s okay; in a purple state like Pennsylvania, your neighbors have different political views than you do. One of the beautiful parts about democracy, and living in a state like Pennsylvania, is that you get to talk to your neighbors and work things out.”
Oprah also endorsed a slew of other Democrats running for office around the country in addition to Fetterman, a stroke victim who is currently his state’s lieutenant governor.
Oprah has always been a liberal, but it is conceivable that the political/media establishment pressured the billionaire, at least to some extent, to lend her perceived star power to opine about the Oz-Fetterman contest.
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With that in mind perhaps, Kilmeade began the segment by asserting that the corporate media is freaking out because Oz has pulled ahead of his far-left rival according to polling data.
As a result, news organizations are now engaged in “a shameless campaign…to boost flailing Fetterman,” even to the extent of questioning Oz’s medical credentials, Kilmeade asserted.
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Dr. Oz took that opportunity to outline his extensive resume in cardiology.
“I love medicine; it’s my calling,” he then explained. “But I understand that there are bigger challenges that the country faces now. Just like I did in my medical practice where I empowered my patients, I want to do the same thing for voters. And the most important thing a doctor does is listen.”
In Pennsylvania as in other states, the issues include the cost-of-living crisis brought on by the inflationary Biden federal spending spree, crime, and the spread of deadly fentanyl, the latter resulting from the Democrat administration’s open-borders policy.
“So I think we’ve got some kitchen-table issues that people are worried about. But if we get the right people in office, these are addressable,” Oz insisted.
Fetterman, on the other hand, “is a person who likes extreme ideas, and he’ll bring those extreme ideas to Washington to hurt all of us.”
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Referencing his childhood, Dr. Oz recalled that “When I was a little boy, my dad told us we were gonna be Republicans. Remember, he was an immigrant; he grew up on a dirt floor. But his perspective was Republicans had better ideas. Let’s get those better ideas into action.”
The Republican standard-bearer also noted that his campaign is holding its own even as Fetterman is raking in a lot of campaign donations especially from New York and California.
“We have done an aggressive job in getting the right story out. We’ve been very disciplined like surgeons are. But I’m not a politician…I’m a heart doctor, and we focus on big issues. We unite people to fix those problems; we don’t want America divided…”
For voters in the Keystone State (and by extension, everywhere in the U.S), the basic question for voters on Election Day, he said, is if they are happy with the direction of the country. “And if people say no, which they usually will, I’m the candidate for change. I believe in the land of opportunity, the land of plenty,” Oz concluded.
Returning to the subject of Oprah, the iconic celebrity’s endorsement of Oz prompted right-leaning musician Kid Rock to be far less diplomatic than Dr. Oz.
“Oprah helped Dr. Oz with his career. I assume because she vetted him and found him to be a wonderful person. Now she is against him. Oprah is a fraud,” he declared on Twitter.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 6, 2022
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