Trump endorses Oz in Pennsylvania Senate primary race

Harrisburg, Pa. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump backed Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania’s overcrowded Republican Senate primary, ending months of jockeying for his support.

In a statement Saturday evening, Trump said his decision was “all about winning the election” as he formally endorsed the celebrity heart surgeon, who has been named as the host of Daytime TV’s “The Dr. Oz Show.” Known in

“The Great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a tremendous opportunity to save America by electing the illustrious and well-known Dr. Mehmet Oz to the United States Senate,” Trump said in part. “Dr. Oz is smart, tough, and will never let you down, therefore, he has my full and utter support. Good luck, Dr. Oz. Our country needs you!”

Oz was competing for Trump’s support in the May 17 primaries against former hedge fund CEO David McCormick, whose wife, Dina Powell, served in Trump’s administration. The two had tried hard to win over the former president, who is deeply popular with the Republican base and has been wooed by candidates in primary races across the country.

Last weekend at a conservative forum in Pennsylvania, candidates were asked if they wanted to come to Pennsylvania to support and campaign for Trump.

“That’s the easiest question we’re going to get all day,” replied one of the candidates, Jeff Bartos, a real estate investor. “Yes. 100%, yes.”

The decision marks a disappointment for McCormick, who met with Trump last week and hired a litany of former Trump aides for his campaign. Although he was virtually unknown to voters before announcing his candidacy in January, he topped a recent Fox News poll of Pennsylvania GOP primary voters.

Trump had previously endorsed Sean Parnell in the race, but Parnell withdrew his candidacy amid allegations of abuse from his wife. Turnabout raised questions about the strength of Trump’s reelection process and concerns among Republicans whether the former president was reinforcing candidates who might be able to win their respective primaries but fail in the general elections that it determined. Which party controls the Senate.

This time, Trump made it clear that electability was top of mind. In his statement, he said that Oz was a legendary quantity that “stays with us through the screen and has always been popular, respected and smart.”

“Perhaps most importantly, I believe that Mehmet Oz will be able to win the general election against a radical left Democrat who wants to do unimaginable harm to our country,” he said. “Women, in particular, are drawn to Dr. Oz for his advice and counseling. I’ve seen it many times over the years. They know him, trust him and trust him.”

When Oz interviewed Trump on his show in 2016, Trump told him at one point that his wife Melania Trump was a “big fan” of the show.

Oz also has a long personal history with Trump.

Oz said in a recent interview that he first met Trump in 2004 or 2005, when he asked Trump to use his golf course for an event for Oz’s children’s charity. Trump agreed. After that, Oz intermittently saw each other at social events before interviewing Trump about his health during the 2016 presidential campaign.

In conversations, Trump has often praised Oz for his positive behavior on the show. “He even said that I was in exceptional health, which made me even more like him (though he also said I should lose a few pounds!),” Trump wrote in his statement.

Meanwhile, McCormick has built deep ties with party donors and officials in Pennsylvania, and has garnered support from former Trump administration officials Sarah Sanders and Mike Pompeo. But he has had to work to transform himself into a Trump supporter, the candidate for America First.

McCormick maintained strong Republican establishment ties going back to his days in the administration of President George W. In 2015, McCormick organized a fundraising for Trump’s 2016 rival Jeb Bush.

This has opened up McCormick, who spent a dozen years as an executive at one of the nation’s largest hedge funds, to accusations from some conservatives that he is a “globalist”, as perpetrated by Trump and others. To adopt in your class is a derogatory term. An elite, international congregation that does not serve America’s best interests.

Meanwhile, McCormick and a Super PAC supporting him spend millions to attack Oz.

Advertisements separate Oz’s long career on TV and as a public figure and accuse him of being liberal, for example, for his repeated public advocacy for “Obamacare”, ex-President Barack Obama. Obama signs health care law. He also accused Oz of being a “Hollywood”.

Oz has also proved his mettle in the race for carpetbaggery. He lived in New Jersey for two decades, until he decided to run in neighboring Pennsylvania, where his in-laws live.

Trump’s decision drew criticism from some Oz critics, including Parnell, who backed McCormick.

“I have great respect for President Trump. I am honored to have his support in PA.” “But I’m disappointed by it. Oz is the antidote to everything that made Trump the best president of my lifetime—he’s the furthest thing from America First and he’d be very bad for PA.”

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