MCCANDLESS, Pa. — Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz was in McCandless Tuesday evening as part of National Night Out. It’s a nationwide event aimed at bringing first responders and the community closer together.
Oz faces current Lt. Governor and former Braddock Mayor John Fetterman in the race. Fetterman frequently criticizes Oz for not being a real Pennsylvanian who understands the values and problems facing residents of the Keystone State.
“Frankly, the people of Pennsylvania know this. They don’t care where you’re from. They care what you stand for. I stand for Pennsylvania values and I’m proud of it,” Oz said.
A big issue facing our region is a crumbling infrastructure. When asked about it, Oz said it’s a problem in other parts of the state too and suggested pipelines be part of the solution.
“Give drillers confidence we can drill gas out of the ground and they won’t be shut down. If we make the investments in pipelines, they’ll actually deliver gas somewhere.”
Oz also commented on the newly proposed Inflation Reduction Act. He said he hasn’t read the final version yet, but would support a bill that increased natural gas drilling in PA.
To get to Washington, Oz faces an uphill climb. Recent polling by FOX NEWS and other organizations shows him trailing Fetterman by double digits.
“I’m not concerned at all about the polling because I know it’s simple [...] Do you think we’re headed in the right direction? If you’re happy with where we’re going, he’s the person who’ll push Joe Biden way to the left. If you’re unhappy, like most people in this Commonwealth, you’ll want change. I’m the person for change.”
Channel 11 also spoke with Oz about the “PACT ACT” passed Tuesday evening. It’s the legislation dealing with providing healthcare to veterans exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said he supports the bill. Fetterman also tweeted his support. We reached out to the Fetterman campaign but did not hear back.
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