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Former President Trump has endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, a Saturday announcement states.
“President Donald J. Trump announces his endorsement of Dr. Oz,” a tweet from Trump’s spokesperson states.
“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,” a statement from Trump says. “I have known Dr. Oz for many years, as have many others, even if only through his very successful television show. He has lived with us through the screen and has always been popular, respected, and smart.”
Mehmet Oz, celebrity physician and U.S. Republican Senate candidate for Pennsylvania, center, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. (Tristan Wheelock/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Trump also said that Oz is “very strong” on issues such as abortion and tax cuts.
“Dr. Oz is Pro-Life, very strong on Crime, the Border, Election Fraud, our Great Military, and our vets, Tax Cuts, and will always fight for and support our under-siege Second Amendment. He will ensure America will become Energy Independent again,” Trump said.
Oz responded to Trump’s endorsement in a statement on Saturday, saying that he’s proud to receive his endorsement.
“President Trump carefully reviewed all of the candidates for U.S. Senate. Everyone, especially David McCormick – a pro-China, Wall Street insider, wanted this endorsement. But President Trump wisely endorsed me because I’m a Conservative who will stand up to Joe Biden and the woke Left,” Oz said. “President Trump knows how critical it is to change the kinds of people we send to Washington. I’m ready to fight. I thank him for that, and I am proud to receive his endorsement.”
Republican Senate candidate Dr. Oz speak with the Pennsylvania College Republicans during a meeting at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 25, 2022. (Dr. Oz campaign)
Oz also said that “no one” will fight as hard as him at President Biden’s policies.
“President Trump knows how critical it is to change the kinds of people we send to Washington. I’m ready to fight. I thank him for that, and I am proud to receive his endorsement,” Oz said.
Trump’s announcement comes after David McCormick, another candidate for the Senate seat, met with Trump on Wednesday at Mar-a-Lago.
Oz met with Trump on March 16.
Former President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Trump said on Tuesday that he was close to making a decision on an endorsement in the GOP Senate primary race.
During an interview with conservative talk radio host John Fredericks that Oz is “a good man … he’s a high-quality guy.”
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report