Oprah Winfrey has her support behind Pennsylvania’s Lt. gov. John Fetterman, in place of her former TV colleague Mehmet Oz – a mainstream personality who made her famous – in Pennsylvania’s super close Senate race.
“At the start of the Midterm campaigns, I said it was up to citizens to choose who would represent them. If I had lived in Pennsylvania, I would have already voted for John Fetterman for many reasons,” Winfrey said Thursday during “A Virtual Voting Conversation,” an online forum she moderated with community leaders ahead of next week’s midterm elections.
The 68-year-old Emmy winner urged voters to “consider dynamic candidates who work to represent the values so many of us hold dear” like “inclusion, compassion and community.”
According to Politico, which cited Winfrey’s unique influence among women, blacks and many other Americans, Fetterman’s team had worked for months on Winfrey’s endorsement because they “knew how powerful a nod from her would be.”
“She leads on so many issues — fighting for our democracy, passing common sense gun reform and upholding racial justice,” Fetterman said in response to the endorsement.
Fetterman supports the reproductive rights enshrined in Roe vs. Wade and raising the minimum wage. He also supports fracking, a politically hot topic in Pennsylvania.
The contestant, who suffered a stroke earlier this year that left him with difficulty speaking, appeared to underperform in his debate with Oz last week. But a line from Oz about abortion, in which he said it “should take place between women, doctors and local political leaders,” seemed to undermine the TV Doctor’s victory.
In December, Oz asked Winfrey to stay away from the Pennsylvania Senate race because he didn’t want his friend “to get hurt.” In a statement to Politico Thursday, a spokesman for the candidate said that Oz “loves Oprah and respects the fact that they have different policies.”
Winfrey also shared a number of other confirmations Thursday in gubernatorial elections and key races that will determine which political party controls the US Senate.
“It’s not the only race that counts,” Winfrey said. “If I were in North Carolina… Sister [Cheri] Beasley there, and if I were in Florida I would support Val Demings. If I were in Wisconsin it would be Mandela Barnes, in Nevada it would be Catherine Cortez Masto. And in Texas Beto O’Rourke and Raphael Warnock and of course the incredible Stacey Abrams in Georgia.
“So there are clear choices and some dynamic candidates working to represent the values – that’s what we’re talking about — the values we hold dear, the values of inclusion, the values of compassion and community, that so many of us share,” she continued.
Oz, better known as TV personality Dr. Oz, made a name for himself as a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the early 2000s. The famous doctor hosted his own talk series, The Dr. Oz Show,” which ran in syndication from 2009 through last January and ended shortly after he announced his political ambitions late last year.
“The Dr. Oz Show” was promptly withdrawn from several media markets – particularly those reaching television homes in Pennsylvania – after the heart surgeon announced his intention to run as a Republican for the state’s open Senate seat, hoping to replace retired Senator Pat Toomey.
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