Sport Dr. Oz Announces Run For Senate in Pennsylvania

22:11  30 november  2021
22:11  30 november  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Dr. Mehmet Oz is leaving television to join the world of politics.

The cardiothoracic surgeon and long-time TV personality will run for the open U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, which will be up for grabs in 2022 when Sen. Pat Toomey retires. Oz will run as a Republican candidate, joining a crowded field of candidates.

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Oz announced his candidacy on his website Tuesday afternoon, writing “today, America’s heartbeat is in a code red in need of a defibrillator to shock it back to life… I’m running for U.S. Senate to reignite our divine spark, bravely fight for freedom, and will tell it like it is.”

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The TV host is likely betting that his established name recognition and media experience will benefit him in the primary.

While his background is in heart surgery, Oz. became a household name thanks to Oprah Winfrey, appearing regularly on her syndicated daytime talk show as a medical expert. Winfrey would go on to help him launch his own syndicated talk show, The Dr. Oz Show, which is produced by her Harpo Productions and is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

It is unclear what will happen to the show, which has been renewed through the 2022-2023 season. A spokesperson for SPT had not responded to a request for comment as of writing, but the website that had been home to the TV program is now his official campaign site.

Oz has been a regular figure on TV news programs over the past 2 years, often discussing the novel coronavirus pandemic and the government’s response to it. He was also a guest host on Jeopardy! (which Sony also produces) earlier this year, as the show searched for a successor to Alex Trebek.

Trump was upset at connection to Sean Parnell's faltering Senate campaign, blamed Don Jr. for fallout after endorsement: report

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That appearance resurfaced long-simmering controversies around Dr. Oz, particularly around some of his medical claims, such as that green coffee beans could work as a weight-loss option, or early in the pandemic that Hydroxychloroquine could be useful as a treatment for COVID-19.

And in fact his Senate run is not without controversy. While Oz is running for Senate in Pennsylvania, he has long lived in New Jersey, and only registered to vote in the Keystone State last year, using his in-laws’ house in Montgomery County as his voting address, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Oz joins a growing list of celebrities exploring the world of politics. Earlier this year, Caitlin Jenner unsuccessfully mounted a bid in Californias gubernatorial recall election, while more successful campaigns included Arnold Schwarzenegger’s term as Governor of California, and of course Donald Trump’s time as President.

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FCC's 'Equal Time' Rules Prompt Stations to Take The 'Dr. Oz Show' Off The Air .
TV stations that air in and around Pennsylvania announced Wednesday they would stop airing Dr. Oz's show in an effort to avoid violating the campaign rule.The announcement comes a day after the host of the show, Dr. Mehmet Oz, officially entered the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reported.

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