Dr. Mehmet Oz visited Venango County Thursday to conduct a town hall style campaign rally and meet and greet. In the neighborhood of 100 folks, probably a few more, piled into Trails to Ales 2 in Franklin to hear what the television/internet doc had to say about why he is running for U.S. Senate. He would like to be the one to replace out-going Sen. Pat Toomey.
There is no question that he knows how to put on a show, but what is his message?
Oh hell yes... big time," someone in the crowd said as many of the attendees nodded or said similar things. "Oh big time," Oz replied.
He pleaded with the crowd to not "be a mushroom, in the dark, in the manure." He then spoke about his many battles with what he called organized medicine and big pharma. "I have scars to prove I have fought these battle," speaking about bad press and what he called pressure from the establishment.
He spoke at great length about healthy eating and being wary of processed foods or overly pesticide- riddled fruits and vegetables. He claimed these were coming from oversees where U.S. standards are not maintained.
He had broad claims about immigration issues and questioned President Biden's policy on the border. "Washington has different values than you and me," he told the largely Republican crowd.
He spent a little time on how he has been berated on his stance on alternative views regarding the controversial drugs such as Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin. "I'm not claiming that [they] work," he said, but he wants further studies that he claims the powers that be are prohibiting.
Oz spent a fair amount of his time explaining how he has been misunderstood and wrongfully accused as being dangerous and spreading false information. He denies this.
He then credited the local Republicans for supporting him. "You are taking a risk," he said. "Sam [Breene] is brave. All of you are brave, we have been silenced for too long."
He then called on everyone to spread the word. "All I ask is you tell others," he said
He is hoping to reach Republicans for sure with his message, but he wants to also find those moderate democrats and independents. "We've tried plan B and it didn't work.... it is time to go back to plan A," he said invoking the core values that started this nation.
At the end of his meeting he purposely staged several photo ops and video ops where he would do a few takes to be sure he got the sound bites he wanted. The crowd ate it up. He is a skilled television personality hoping to get his message across to the entire state of Pennsylvania. In such a large field of both Republicans and Democrats it is important to find that little thing that makes one stand out.
Below/or to the right is a list of all the current candidates with links to either their website, social media or a story done about them.
Editor's note: We recently covered John Fetterman's visit and did not provide the list below. We have updated that story to include this list.
DEMOCRATS (as of 2/17/22)
REPUBLICANS (as of 2/17/22)
LIBERTARIAN (as of 2/17/22)