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Oz condemns GOP opponent’s tweet on Islam

Republican Senate nominee Mehmet Oz is stepping up his criticism of far-right candidates in Pennsylvania who are gaining traction ahead of Tuesday’s primary. After spending much of the campaign away from fellow Republican Sen. Kathy Barnett, Oz said Saturday she was out of the GOP and could not win the November general election. In an interview, he disagreed with a 2015 tweet from Barnette in which he wrote that “pedophilia is the cornerstone of Islam.” “He would post on Twitter something defamatory of an entire religion,” Oz told the Associated Press. “This state was based on religious freedom. “I am proud as a Pennsylvania citizen to uphold these founding beliefs that every faith has its benefits.” The Barnette campaign did not respond to a request for comment. Earlier in the week, Barnett told NBC News she did not make the statement, which was still alive on her Twitter feed on Saturday. For months, the Republican nomination race for the Pennsylvania Senate open was a costly battle between former hedge fund CEO David McCormick and Oz, who spent millions of dollars attacking each other on television. Everyone has also faced questions about their ties to Pennsylvania. McCormick grew up in the state, while Oz went to medical school there and married in Philadelphia. But in the final days of the Republican primary, a third candidate – Barnett, a conservative commentator who has flirted with hardline pro-Trump groups – has emerged. Trump himself has warned that Barnett’s background has not been properly checked. With the election a few days away, polls show a tight three-way race with a fairly large number of undecided voters who could influence the results next week. Oz won Trump approval in the Senate race, although some Trump supporters continue to question his conservative credentials. Asked to clarify his views on abortion in Saturday’s interview, Oz walked away from Trump’s recent election as Pennsylvania governor, Doug Mastriano, a far-right conservative who has called abortion “the No. 1 issue.” In a recent televised debate, Mastriano said he supports a ban on abortion from conception, with no exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother. Oz described himself as “in favor of life”, but said he would prefer an abortion ban in Pennsylvania. would include exceptions for rape, incest and the mother’s life. “There are times when we disagree with other pro-life advocates,” Oz told the AP. “In my case, these disagreements often arise because, as a doctor, I have dealt with issues that threaten the mother’s life.” has not been checked properly. She has attacked previous comments about Islam, saying she also has a history of making anti-gay statements. “We know so little,” Oz said. “Every time he answers a question, he asks more questions. “But I think it is unacceptable to make Islamophobic and homophobic comments, not only about the general election, but also about the Republican primary.”

Republican hopeful in the Senate Mehmet Oz intensifies criticism of far-right candidates in Pennsylvania who are gaining ground ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

After spending much of her campaign campaign away from fellow Republican Sen. Kathy Barnett, Oz said Saturday that she disagreed with the GOP and could not win the November general election. In an interview he disagreed with a 2015 tweet by Barnette in which he wrote that “Pedophilia is the cornerstone of Islam.”

Oz, who would be the nation’s first Muslim senator, described the comments as “acceptable”.

“It is reprehensible that he would post on Twitter something that is defamatory of an entire religion,” Oz told the Associated Press. “This state was based on religious freedom. I am proud as a Pennsylvania to uphold these founding beliefs that every faith has its own virtues.”

The Barnette campaign did not respond to a request for comment. Earlier in the week, Barnette told NBC News she did not make the statement, which was still alive on her Twitter feed on Saturday.

For months, the Republican nomination race for the Pennsylvania Senate open was a costly battle between the former hedge fund CEO David McCormick and Oz, who have spent millions of dollars attacking each other on television. Everyone has also faced questions about their ties to Pennsylvania. McCormick grew up in the state, while Oz went to medical school there and married in Philadelphia.

But in the final days of the Republican qualifiers, a third candidate has emerged – Barnett, a conservative commentator who has flirted with hardline pro-Trump groups. Trump himself has warned that Barnett’s history has not been properly checked.

With the election just a few days away, polls show a tight triple race with a fairly large number of undecided voters who could influence the results next week.

Oz won Trump approval in the Senate, although some Trump supporters continue to question his conservative credentials.

Asked to clarify his views on abortion in Saturday’s interview, Oz distanced himself. Trump’s new choice for Pennsylvania Gov. Doug Mastriano, a far-right conservative who called abortion “the No. 1 issue.” In a recent televised debate, Mastriano said he supports a ban on abortions from conception, with the exception of rape, incest or the life of the mother.

Oz described himself as “in favor of life”, but said he would prefer an abortion ban in Pennsylvania that would include exceptions for rape, incest and the mother’s life.

“There are times when we disagree with other pro-life advocates,” Oz told the AP. “In my case, these disagreements often arise because, as a doctor, I have dealt with issues that threaten the mother’s life.”

Oz survived his most outspoken criticism of Barnett, however, reiterating Trump’s concerns that her background had not been properly examined. She has attacked previous comments about Islam, saying she also has a history of making anti-gay statements.

“We know so little,” Oz said. “Every time he answers a question, he asks more questions. “But I think it is unacceptable to make Islamophobic and homophobic comments, not only about the general election, but also about the Republican primary.”

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