奥兹, who went to grade school in 拜登总统的 hometown of Wilmington, 的。, and who has lived for many years in New Jersey before moving back to 宾夕法尼亚州 去年, announced earlier Tuesday he will seek to replace retiring Republican 它的. Patrick J. Toomey.
Oz told “汉尼提” that as the son of Turkish immigrants who was afforded “unparalleled opportunities” by the United States to become the successful doctor and television personality that he is, “it is time to repay my debt.”
“America is in crisis, that’s not news, our values are under attack – so I want to serve America in its time of need,” said Oz, adding that Pennsylvanians deserve better solutions to crises from their elected leaders than they are currently afforded.
Oz spoke about his medical expertise and how he recognized that the now long-surpassed “two weeks to stop the spread” socioeconomic restriction period placed on Pennsylvanians and many other Americans turned out to be much more complicated and worse for the people.
“I’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand what went wrong and it’s emblematic of other issues we are struggling with in our great country. Remember the phrase two weeks to flatten the curve? That metastasized into this terrible authoritarianism and overreaching that did not make us safer,” 他说.
“People with big yards told people with no yards to stay indoors because that’s where the virus was. Some closed the parks, shamed people about beaches — and now threatening the same overreach with the Omicron [变体] ….” he told Hannity.
“I think those choices should be yours, the American people’s,” 他说, going on to praise 特朗普总统的 handling of 疫苗 development. “I’ve fought to empower my audience, my patients and now the people of Pennsylvania.”
“Every choice I make will be serving the citizens of Pennsylvania and the United States and none of them will serve the special interests in Washington, many of which I have been at war at my entire career.”
Oz noted how he “took on Big Pharma… and have scars to prove it” 在过去, and also voiced support for 执法 amid the ‘Defund’ movement.
He pointed to the recent murder of a Temple University student who was the subject of an attempted robbery in the notoriously dangerous neighborhood around the North Philadelphia school.
Oz also told Hannity that his view on 教育政策 is that the people who know best are the parents and local educators, rather than larger government bodies.
“So you need choice so you can make sure you can take kids where you need to be – you need local rule… and you need to have your values defended,” 他说.
Prior to Oz’s announcement, the GOP primary to succeed Toomey faced turbulence as Trump-backed Republican Sean Parnell suspended his bid amid a tumultuous child custody battle.
Oz faces a handful of other Republicans including military veteran and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette, former Trump Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands and investor Jeff Bartos — while the state’s Democratic lieutenant governor, John Fetterman, currently leads the Democratic field in the fundraising column.
The key swing state of Pennsylvania is also home to a hotly contested governor’s race with the term-limitation of incumbent Democratic Gov. 汤姆·沃尔夫.