Oprah Winfrey said Thursday that she is supporting Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman over Republican Dr. Mehmed Oz in the Pennsylvania Senate race.
Although Winfrey is a Democrat herself, it’s notable because Oz first rose to prominence as a health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” before getting her own talk show in 2009, produced by her company Harpo. His show ended in January.
“I will tell you all this, if I lived in Pennsylvania, I would have voted for John Fetterman for many reasons,” Winfrey said during a virtual chat with community leaders.
Fetterman’s staff said Winfrey’s support for Democrats on Oz “speaks.”
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“Oprah is widely regarded as the person who helped launch Dr. Oz’s career and knows him well,” the campaign said.
Fetterman called her endorsement “an honor and a privilege,” saying she “has been a leader on so many issues, fighting for our democracy, passing gun-smart reforms, and ensuring racial justice. I am grateful for Oprah’s support and trust. issues that matter to people across the country and in Pennsylvania as we close out this campaign.”
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After the primaries, Winfrey previously refused to endorse the race, saying it was up to Pennsylvanians to decide.
Since then, the polls have tightened and Fetterman’s lead has shrunk.
Winfrey also supported Democrats in other races.
“It’s not the only race that matters,” he said. “If I were in North Carolina like you mentioned, sis [Cheri] Beasley over there and if I was in Florida I’d be rooting for Val Demings. If I were in Wisconsin, it would be Mandela Barnes. in Nevada, [Catherine] Cortez Masto, and Beto O’Rourke and Raphael Warnock in Texas, and the incredible Stacey Abrams, of course, in Georgia.”
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He continued. “There are clear choices out there … values that we hold dear, values of inclusion, values of compassion and that many of us share … Use your discernment and choose wisely for our country’s democracy.”