Trump endorsement hovers over prime-time GOP Senate debate

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Candidates for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat charged into their live-televised prime-time debate with extra incentive to attack Mehmet Oz after the celebrity heart surgeon received former President Donald Trump’s endorsement.

They attacked almost solidly throughout Monday’s one-hour debate at the studio of WHTM-TV with barely three weeks to go to the May 17 primary election.

Trump earlier this month endorsed Oz and the Trump endorsement hovered over the debate.

Oz raised it repeatedly, just hours after Trump announced that he will come to western Pennsylvania next week for a rally to promote Oz.

The campaign is one of this year’s premier Senate contests.