Dr. Oz responds to Senate bid: ‘Values ​​under attack’, COVID response turns into ‘authoritarianism’

Cardiac-thoracic surgeon and TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz spoke about his recently declared candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday.

Oz, who attended elementary school in President Biden’s hometown of Wilmington, Del. And has lived in New Jersey for many years before moving back to Pennsylvania last year, announced earlier Tuesday that he will seek to replace retired Republican Senator Patrick J. Toomey.

Oz told “Hannity” that as the son of Turkish immigrants who were given “unique opportunities” by the United States to become the successful doctor and television personality he is, “it’s time to repay my debt.”

“America is in crisis, it’s not news, our values ​​are under attack – so I want to serve America in times of need,” Oz said, adding that Pennsylvania residents deserve better solutions to crises from their elected leaders than they have in currently afford.

Oz talked about his medical expertise, and how he acknowledged that the now long-overdue “two weeks to stop the spread” socioeconomic restriction period imposed on Pennsylvania and many other Americans proved to be much more complicated and worse for the people. .

Dr.  Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgery, Columbia University speaks on stage during the Concordia Annual Summit 2021 - Day 2 at the Sheraton New York on September 21, 2021 in New York City.  (Photo by Leigh Vogel / Getty Images for Concordia Summit)

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgery, Columbia University speaks on stage during the Concordia Annual Summit 2021 – Day 2 at the Sheraton New York on September 21, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Leigh Vogel / Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
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“I have spent a lot of time trying to understand what went wrong, and it is emblematic of other problems we are struggling with in our great country. Do you remember the term two weeks to flatten the basket? It metastasized to this terrible authoritarianism and exaggeration that did not make us safer, “he said.

“People with large courtyards told people without yards to stay indoors because that was where the virus was. Some closed the parks, shamed people over beaches – and now threatened the same attack with Omicron. [variant] … “he told Hannity.

“I think these choices should be yours, the people of America,” he said, continuing to praise President Trump’s handling of vaccine development. “I have fought to strengthen my audience, my patients and now the people of Pennsylvania.”

“Every choice I make will serve the citizens of Pennsylvania and the United States, and none of them will serve the special interests of Washington, many of which have been at war throughout my career.”

Oz noted how he “took on Big Pharma … and has scars to prove it” in the past, and also expressed support for law enforcement in the midst of the ‘Defund’ movement.

He pointed to the recent murder of a Temple University student who was the subject of a robbery attempt in the notoriously dangerous neighborhood around the North Philadelphia school.

The road sign 'Pennsylvania Welcomes You' at the state border on Interstate 95 in Marcus Hook.

The road sign ‘Pennsylvania Welcomes You’ at the state border on Interstate 95 in Marcus Hook.
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Oz also told Hannity that his view on education policy is that the people who know best are the parents and local educators, rather than major government agencies.

“So you need choices, so you can make sure you can take the kids to where you need to be – you need local rules … and you need to have your values ​​defended,” he said.

Prior to Oz’s announcement, campaigns to succeed Toomey have been turbulent recently after Trump-backed Republican Sean Parnell suspended his bid amid a tumultuous battle for custody – while the state’s Democratic lieutenant governor, John Fetterman, is currently leading the Democratic field. in the collection column.

FILE - In this archive image January 24, 2019 Pennsylvania Lt.  Gov.  and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman at a news conference in the Governor's Capitol reception hall in Harrisburg, Pa.  (AP Photo / Marc Levy, File)

FILE – In this archive photo on January 24, 2019, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman at a news conference in the Governor’s Capitol reception hall in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo / Marc Levy, File)
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Other candidates on the democratic side include US Rep. Conor Lamb by Allegheny, State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta of Philadelphia, and State Sen. Sharif Street, son of the famous former Philadelphia mayor John Street.

The key swing state of Pennsylvania is also home to a highly controversial governor race with incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf limiting time.

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