Trump backs Oz in Pennsylvania Senate primary race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is backing Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania’s crowded Senate primary, ending months of maneuvering to gain his support.

In a statement Saturday, Trump said his decision was ‘all about winning an election’ as he announced his support for the famed heart surgeon best known as the host of daytime TV show ‘The Dr. Oz. Show”.

“The Greater Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a tremendous opportunity to save America by electing the brilliant 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 complete and total endorsement. Good luck, Dr. Oz. our country needs you!

Oz was competing for Trump’s endorsement against former hedge fund CEO David McCormick, whose wife, Dina Powell, served in Trump’s administration.

Trump said in a radio interview last week that he was close to making a decision but had not made up his mind yet. “I like that man,” he said of Oz, “so we’ll see what happens.”

Trump had previously backed Sean Parnell in the race, but Parnell withdrew his candidacy amid allegations of abuse by his estranged wife.


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