Pennsylvania Republican US Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz delivered his closing arguments and ripped out his opponents’ “big anti-business issue” as polls show the race close to a statistical tie just hours before voters cast their ballots in election day.
“In cardiac surgery, we focus on big problems and fix them by working together, by coming together, by moving past problems,” Oz told FOX Business anchor Maria Bartiromo on Monday. “John Fetterman can’t work with other people. He doesn’t even like moderates in his own party, and a radical like that in Washington will destabilize.”
“When he breaks the filibuster and passes laws that are inconsistent with America’s values, that’s going to be a problem,” he continued. “That’s why Pennsylvanians will not let this happen.”
On “Morning with Maria,” Oz hit back at Fetterman’s recent claims that the Republican nominee doesn’t “understand” inflation or economic problems because of his wealth.
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“John Fetterman has never had a job, so I’d hardly hand it to him,” Oz said. “And he was quite radical in his positions, which is why he will lose the race tomorrow.”
Oz also argued that hard-working Pennsylvania families don’t identify with Fetterman’s positions on tax reform, crime and energy.
“He said he wanted to raise taxes, which he did as mayor and tried to do as lieutenant governor [by] 46%, failed to pay his own taxes 67 times,” Oz said. “He tried to crush the energy industry, ignoring the fact that hard-working people are doing everything they can to make ends meet.”
“He’s also soft on crime and that’s a big anti-business issue,” he added. “Philadelphia, where I am now, Wawa, Starbucks, [and] other chains are leaving because they are afraid. So his positions across the board are out of sync with the values of Pennsylvanians.”
The Republican candidate also criticized Fetterman’s mixed messages on domestic oil production and his difficulty clarifying his position on fracking during their only televised debate.
“When John Fetterman says he doesn’t support fracking, calls it a stain on Pennsylvania, when he takes shots at job creators in Pennsylvania, saying he’s going to send prosecutors after them — it has a chilling effect on people. That’s not what we do in America,” Oz said.
With dwindling U.S. oil supplies and rising gas prices under the Biden administration at the forefront of some voters’ minds, Dr. Oz said expanding energy production in Pennsylvania is “the right thing” for the state and the nation.
“We have so much of this beautiful energy that we can allow production to continue at less cost, and we can allow our nation to defend itself against adversaries who supply our allies with materials such as energy that are critical to their welfare,’ Oz said.
“Fetterman doesn’t get it, he doesn’t get it, and he can’t defend his own positions,” further criticized Oz, “severely critical of energy, even though this month he pretends to be about it.”
Oz also reacted to Oprah Winfrey’s support for his opponent, even though Winfrey is Oz’s former mentor and work partner.
“I love Oprah, but we have different politics,” he admitted. “At this debate, you finally saw it [Fetterman] doesn’t really have answers for its policies because so many of them are based on 140-character tweets. They sound great like the bubble of the far-left aspects of the Democratic Party, but they are not working for our nation.”
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Although Oz built his reputation as a leading heart surgeon, he talked about how he plans to apply his medical expertise to a seat in the U.S. Senate.
“The first thing you do as a doctor is learn to listen, which I’m doing during this campaign and I’ll be doing that in Washington. You have to hear what people have to say,” Oz explained. “The most important thing right now is to make sure that I’m the guy in Washington that’s trying to bring some balance there, and not bring in more radical, extreme positions with John Fetterman.”
According to the latest Real Clear Politics poll, Oz leads Fetterman by just 0.1 of a point.
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