Dr. Oz jumps into GOP Senate primary in key battleground of Pennsylvania: sources

Well-known celebrity physician Mehmet Oz on Tuesday declared his candidacy for the Senate in Pennsylvania, joining a competitive Republican primary field in the crucial battleground state.

The announcement by the 61-year old Oz – a cardiac surgeon, author and host of TV’s “Dr. Oz Show” – was widely expected as he’s already been assembling a campaign staff in the 2022 race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. The high-profile Senate contest could ultimately decide if the Democrats hold on to their razor-thin majority in the chamber.

“Pennsylvania needs a conservative who will put America first, one who can reignite our divine spark, bravely fight for freedom, and tell it like it is. That’s why I’m running for Senate,” Oz said in a statement announcing his candidacy.

Oz will sit down for his first national interview as a Senate candidate on Tuesday evening on Fox News’ “Hannity.” Host Sean Hannity teased Oz’s appearance at the end of his Monday night program, saying that he had a “huge announcement” and hinted “think midterm election.” – READ MORE