Oprah Winfrey on Thursday in the Pennsylvania Senate race against Republican Dr.
While Winfrey herself is a Democrat, Oz first rose to fame as a health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2011. Before getting his own talk show in 2009, she co-founded the company Harpoon. His show ended in January.
“I’ll tell you all this, if I lived in Pennsylvania, I would cast my vote for John Fetterman for a number of reasons,” Winfrey said during a virtual discussion with community leaders.
Fetterman’s campaign said Winfrey’s endorsement of the Democrat in Oz “speaks volumes.”
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“Oprah is the person who helped launch Dr. Oz’s career and knows him very well,” he said in the campaign.
Fetterman called the recognition “an honor and a privilege,” adding that she is “a leader on so many issues — fighting for our democracy, common-sense gun reform, and ensuring racial justice. I’m grateful for Oprah’s support and trust. As we close out this campaign, to people across the country and in Pennsylvania.” Important matters.
Fetterman lost support in the Pennsylvania Senate race after his debate performance, according to polls.
Following the primaries, Winfrey previously refused to endorse the race, saying it was up to Pennsylvanians to decide.
Since then, the polls have tightened as Fetterman’s lead has dwindled.
Winfrey has also endorsed Democrats in other races.
“It’s not the only race that matters,” she said. “If I were in North Carolina like you mentioned, sister. [Cheri] Beasley over there, and if I were in Florida I’d support Val Demings. If I were in Wisconsin, it would be Mandela Barnes. In Nevada, [Catherine] Cortez Masto, and in Texas, Beto Oreck and Raphael Warnock and the wonderful Stacey Abrams, in Georgia.
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She continued, “There are clear choices out there… values that we love, values of inclusion, values of compassion and values that many of us share… Use your common sense and choose wisely for our democracy.