Mehmet Oz has blamed his Wegmans name confusion on campaign exhaustion – which he says has also led to slip-ups in his personal life.
“I was exhausted,” Oz told Newsmax anchor Shaun Kraisman, noting that he was campaigning 18 hours a day. “Look, I got my kids’ names wrong too.”
Oz, who will face Democrat John Fetterman for the US Senate seat from Pennsylvania in November, recently came under fire after filming a video saying he was at “Wegner’s”, confusing the names of Wegmans and Redner’s grocery stores.
In response, Oz defended his error, noting that error is not “a measure of one’s ability to lead the Commonwealth”.
Fetterman – who has a knack for ridiculing Oz – slammed his opponent for being pretentious as Oz bought vegetables for his wife’s ‘rawness’ in the video, rounding up broccoli, asparagus, carrots, guacamole and salsa.
“Guys, it’s $20 for crudity and that doesn’t include tequila,” Oz said in the video, “I mean, it’s outrageous, and we have Joe Biden to thank for that.”
“In PA, we call it a… vegetable platter,” Fetterman tweeted, questioning Pennsylvania Oz’s candidacy more than a month after Oz filmed a campaign ad at his New Jersey mansion. In May, Stephen Colbert also questioned the Oz residency, joking that “despite the fact that up until he announced, [Oz had] lives and shoots his show in New Jersey.
Kraisman responded to Fetterman’s remarks and asked, “Is Dr. Oz related to the hard-working, everyday American in Pennsylvania?”
“I’ve rolled up my sleeves all my life,” Oz replied “I’ve cared for patients, saved lives, invented devices, created foundations where we care for tens of thousands of teenagers in across the country trying to help wherever I can. That’s what my life has been.
“When I joke about a crudité, it’s a way of saying how ridiculous it is not even to be able to put vegetables on a plate in the middle of the countryside”, he continued, “we will do what it takes to make sure the people of Pennsylvania respect who we are and that we will work as hard as we can to solve their problems.
He concluded by challenging his Democratic opponent: “What have you done, rolled up your sleeves in your own life to improve the lives of the people of Pennsylvania?”