Seeking a new direction in his career, celebrity physician Mehmet Oz, MD, is looking to transition from TV host to becoming a player in the world of American politics. On Tuesday, Oz, 61, announced his bid for the competitive race for Pennsylvania's open US Senate seat.
Oz made his declaration Tuesday on the Washington Examiner website, stating: "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 US Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal."
The Emmy award-winning physician is entering one of the most crucial races when it comes to determining control of the Senate in the 2022 election. With former President Donald Trump's endorsed candidate, Sean Parnell, no longer in the race, it leaves plenty of room for Oz to appeal to voters that support Trump-era politics.
Though Trump has yet to endorse Oz, the physician formerly served on the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition, and according to a 2016 interview Oz conducted with Trump, the former First Lady is "a big fan" of the "Dr. Oz Show."
Oz released a 1-minute long video on social media stating: "As a heart surgeon, I know how precious life is. 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."
In his campaign launch, Oz emphasizes his medical experience and casts it as a foundation for making him a worthy senator: "I invented life-saving devices, trained young surgeons to save lives, and expected my days to be measured by countless people helped."
He added, "Sometimes, in medical emergencies, we will need to operate with swift and decisive action. Sometimes, we can use less invasive medications to correct course. Sometimes, we will use preventative health to stop problems from even emerging in the first place. We need to use all of our tools and tactics to get the job done in society, too."
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