Oz blames GOP opponents’ tweets about Islam


Carlisle, PA (AP) — Republican Senate is full of hope Mehmet Oz He is stepping up his criticism of Pennsylvania’s far-right candidate, who is gaining momentum ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

After spending much of the campaign avoiding Republican Senator candidate Kathy Barnette, Oz said on Saturday she wouldn’t be in step with the GOP and wouldn’t be able to win the November general election. ..In an interview he 2015 Tweets From Burnett, she wrote, “Pedophilia is the cornerstone of Islam.”

Mr. Oz, the first Muslim senator in the country, described the comment as “disqualified.”

“She is accused of tweeting things that are defamatory to the whole religion. The state was based on religious freedom. As a Pennsylvanian, all faiths benefit, Oz told The Associated Press. . “

The Barnette campaign did not respond to requests for comment. Earlier this week, Burnett told NBC News that she did not make a statement. It was still alive on her Twitter feed on Saturday.

For months, the competition for a Republican nomination for a vacant Senate seat in Pennsylvania was an expensive battle among former hedge fund CEOs. David McCormick Oz has spent millions of dollars on TV attacking each other. Each also faces questions about their relationship with Pennsylvania. McCormick grew up in the state, where Oz attended medical school and got married in Philadelphia.

However, on the final day of the Republican primary, a third candidate, Burnett, a conservative commentator who opened a courtroom for hardline pro-Trump groups, appeared. Trump himself warns that Burnett’s background has not been properly scrutinized.

With elections taking place in just a few days, polls show fierce three-way competition with a significant number of undecided voters that could influence the outcome of next week.

While some Trump supporters continue to question his conservative credentials, Oz won Trump’s support in the Senate contest.

Oz kept himself away when asked to clarify his view of abortion in an interview on Saturday. Trump’s newly built pick Pennsylvania Governor Doug Mastriano is a far-right conservative who calls abortion the “top problem.” In a recent television debate, Mastriano said he supported the ban on abortion except for rape, incest, or the lives of mothers.

Oz described himself as “professional life,” but said he wanted a ban on abortion in Pennsylvania, including rape, incest, and exceptions to his mother’s life.

“There are times when we disagree with other pro-life advocates,” Oz told AP. “In my case, these disagreements often occur because, as a doctor, I have been working on issues that threaten my mother’s life.”

Oz saved his sharpest criticism of Burnett, but reflected Trump’s concern that her background was not properly scrutinized. He denounced her previous comments on Islam and stated that she also has a history of her anti-homosexual remarks.

“We know very little,” Oz said. “Every time she answers a question, she asks more questions, but I think it’s disqualifying to comment on Islamophobia and homosexuality not only in the general election but also in the Republican primary. . “


Marc Levy, Associated Press writer in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, contributed to this report.