Oprah Winfrey has thrown her support behind Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, who is up against celebrity doctor Dr. Mehmet Oz in the Pennsylvania Senate Race.
On Thursday (Nov. 3), Oprah Winfrey hosted "A Virtual Voting Conversation" with community leaders and discussed the importance of voting in the midterm election on Nov. 8.
Winfrey said, “If we do not show up to vote, if we do not get fired up in this moment, the people who will be in power will begin making decisions for us,. Decisions about how we care for our bodies, how we care for our kids, what books your children can read, who gets protected by the police and who gets targeted. And right now, you have a say in these things we do.”
She also said, “If I lived in Pennsylvania, I would have already cast my vote for John Fetterman for many reasons.”
Oprah also endorsed several other presidential candidates: “That is not the only race that matters. If I was in North Carolina... sister (Cheri) Beasley there, and if I was in Florida, I’d be supporting Val Demings. If I was in Wisconsin, it would be Mandela Barnes, in Nevada it would be Catherine Cortez Masto. And in Texas, Beto O’Rourke, and Raphael Warnock and the incredible Stacey Abrams, of course, in Georgia.”
She continued, “So there are clear choices out there and some dynamic candidates who are working to represent the values — this is what we’re talking about — the values that we hold dear, the values of inclusion, the values of compassion and community that so many of us share. So use your discernment, which seems to be missing in a lot of our, our our country today. Use your discernment and choose wisely for the democracy of our country.”
Oz was a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Winfrey’s company launched The Dr. Oz Show, which aired for 13 seasons and ended in January.
An Oct. 31 New York Times and Siena College poll has John Fetterman at 49 percent and Dr. Oz at 44 percent.