Race to November: On the trail with Dr. Mehmet Oz

ABC’s Linsey Davis goes on a morning run with one of America’s most well-known doctors to find out why he wants to become Pennsylvania's next U.S. Senator.
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Transcript for Race to November: On the trail with Dr. Mehmet Oz
 TIME IS CERTAINLY OF THE ESSENCE. JONATHAN, CURLER THANKS TO YOU AS ALWAYS. >> THANK YOU, LINDSEY. >> FINALLY TONIGHT, WE ARE LESS THAN 40 DAYS UNTIL THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS. IT IS POSSIBLE, THE KEYSTONE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA COULD ULTIMATELY BE THE KEY FACTOR IN DETERMINING JUST WHICH PARTY CONTROLS THE SENATE COME NEXT JANUARY. AND YOU MAY KNOW HIM FROM HIS DAYTIME TV SHOW, BUT TONIGHT, DOCTOR MEHMET OZ IS TRYING TO CONVINCE VOTERS IN PENNSYLVANIA HE IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB. WE GOT A CHANCE TO RUN WITH HIM IN HIS FIRST NETWORK TV INTERVIEW OF THE CAMPAIGN, AS HE RACES TOWARD NOVEMBER. >> ARE WE GOING TO SHOW AMERICA JUST HOW FAST YOU ARE? >> AS LONG AS I CAN SEE WHEN YOU ARE DONE. >> IT IS AN ALL-OUT SPRINT FOR DOCTOR MEHMET OZ. IN WHAT HAS BECOME ONE OF THE TIGHTEST AND MOST CONSEQUENTIAL POLITICAL RACES IN THE COUNTRY. >> WE CAN DO A LOT BETTER. >> SO WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE CELL PHONE? >> TV HOST -- >> I'M SO HAPPY TO BE WITH YOU GUYS! >> TURNED POLITICIAN IS HOPING TO BECOME PENNSYLVANIA'S NEXT SENATOR. HE IS TRYING TO CONVINCE VOTERS THAT HE HAS THE RIGHT PRESCRIPTION TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM CEILING THE KEYSTONE STATE. >> HOW ARE YOU DOING, DOCTOR O? >> ON THIS FALL MORNING -- >> NICE TO MEET YOU. >> WE MET UP ON ONE OF HIS FAVORITE RUNNING TRAILS. >> AND HIS ADOPTED HOMETOWN OF PENNSYLVANIA. >> SO, YOU PLAYED FOOTBALL IN HIGH SCHOOL, ARE YOU A RUNNER NOW? >> I'LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET ME ACTIVE. THE BIG ISSUE FOR ME, ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW IS TO STAY HEALTHY. RESEARCHERS ANALYZE 1 MILLION ONLINE POSTS. >> FOR THE MAN KNOWN AS AMERICA'S DOCTOR, FIRST GENERATION TURKISH AMERICAN, AND THIS RACE IS PERSONAL. >> MANY OF YOU CONSIDER TO BE AMERICA'S DOCTOR, HEART SURGEO, AS IF YOU ALREADY DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH CREDITS BEHIND YOUR NAME. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN FOR SENATE? >> MY FATHER WAS AN IMMIGRANT BORN ON A DIRT FLOOR IN A FARAWAY LAND. WHEN HE LANDED IN AMERICA, HE REALIZED THIS WAS TRULY A DREAM. MY LIFE IS A LIVING TESTIMONY TO THE AMERICAN DREAM. I WANT EVERYONE TO HAVE THAT. I DON'T WANT IT GETTING SQUANDERED AWAY. >> YOU WOULD BE THE FIRST MUSLIM IN THE U.S. SENATE. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? >> PRIDE, AND HONOR. I THINK AMERICA, ESPECIALLY THIS PLACE, PENNSYLVANIA, IT WAS BUILT ON ALLOWING PEOPLE A VERY DIVERSE BACKGROUND, TO OFFER THEIR BEST IDEAS. BECAUSE ALL OF US ARE SMARTER THAN ANYONE OF US. >> YOU WOULD ALSO BE THE FIFTH MEDICAL DOCTOR IN THE U.S. SENATE. WHAT IS THE PRESCRIPTION, IF YOU WILL, FOR AMERICA'S PROBLEMS? >> I WILL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. I THINK WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A TAX CREDIT PROGRAM IN WASHINGTON THAT WOULD ALLOW PARENTS, WHOSE KIDS, TODAY, ARE FORCED TO GO TO A PARTICULAR SCHOOL BASED ON THE PARENTS, TO GIVE THE PARENTS FLEXIBILITY. IT IS A SMART WAY FOR US TO GUARANTEE THAT THE MOST PRECIOUS ASSET WE HAVE, OUR CHILDREN, ARE PROTECTED. >> IS THAT YOUR FIRST PRIORITY? >> FIRST PRIORITY IS HEALTH CARE. EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE CARE. BUT YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE COST ISSUES AS WELL. >> RECENT POLLS SUGGEST OZ IS NOW TOE-TO-TOE WITH HIS DEMOCRATIC OPPONENT, PENNSYLVANIA LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JOHN FETTERMAN, WHO IS TRYING TO CLING TO A SINGLE DIGIT LEAD. FETTERMAN HAS BEEN ON THE ATTACK OVER SOCIAL MEDIA, ACCUSING ODDS OF BEING A CARPETBAGGER, AFTER ALL IS MOVED HERE TO PENNSYLVANIA FROM NEW JERSEY IN 2020. HIS OPPONENT HAS EVEN ENLISTED THE SUPPORT OF CELEBRITIES ON TWITTER. >> WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN PENNSYLVANIA? EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU LIVE IN NEW JERSEY! >> OZ WAS QUICK TO PUSH BACK AGAINST THAT ASSERTION. >> WHAT IS IT, WHETHER OR NOT YOU LIVE IN PENNSYLVANIA? >> MY RESIDENCY IS EIGHT PREPOSTEROUS ISSUE. I GREW UP JUST SOUTH OF HERE, WENT TO GRADUATE SCHOOL, BUSINESS SCHOOL AND MET SCHOOL IN PHILADELPHIA. I HAD TWO KIDS IN PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH WAS THE BEST DECISION I MADE IN MY LIFE. WE MOVED OUT A COUPLE YEARS AGO. IT IS A DEEPER REALITY. WE DON'T REALLY CARE WHERE YOU ARE FROM, WE CARE WHAT YOU STAND FOR. THIS IS THE MUDSLINGING THAT THEY HOPE WILL DISTRACT VOTERS FROM WHAT IS TRULY IMPORTANT, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST CRIME RATE EVER IN OUR HISTORY. IF YOU GO TO PLACES LIKE KENSINGTON, THE DRUG MARKET IN AMERICA, PEOPLE ARE SCARED. >> AFTER SUFFERING A STROKE IN THE SPRING, FETTERMAN HAS RUN A MOSTLY DIGITAL CAMPAIGN WITH LIMITED AVAILABILITY TO THE PRESS. BUT HIS CRITICS, AND ALSO ARGUE THAT ONLINE CLIPS ARE NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PROPER DISCOURS. WITH ONLY ONE 60 MINUTE DEBATE SCHEDULED LESSON TWO WEEKS AHEAD OF ELECTION, OZ SAYS PENNSYLVANIANS DESERVE MORE. >> YOU HAVE A THIN LINE THAT YOU HAVE TO PLAY, RUNNING AGAINST AN OPPONENT, WHERE THERE MAY BE SOME HEALTH CONCERNS. >> I HAVE TREMENDOUS EMPATHY FOR WHAT JOHN FETTERMAN IS GOING THROUGH, IT IS AN AREA I SPECIALIZE IN MEDICINE. ALL OF THESE ISSUES ARE CHALLENGES, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE IN THE POLITICAL ARENA, WHICH IS FOCUSED ON THE VOTERS. THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO HEAR MY OPPONENT ARTICULATE, AND DEFEND HIS POLICIES. >> WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH? >> I AM FASCINATED. I REALLY CARE ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT I TRY TO DO. >> I COULD BE STUBBORN, AS A SURGEON, IT IS A PROBLEM. BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU DON'T HAVE BLIND SPOTS. >> THIS MIGHT BE THE HARDEST QUESTION OF THE INTERVIEW, ARE YOU AN EAGLES FAN? >> BIG EAGLES FAN, THEY PLAYED WELL YESTERDAY, IT HURTS SO GOOD! >> SPEAKING OF FOOTBALL, WE ATTEMPTED TO TACKLE SOME OF THE HARDEST HITTING ISSUES OF THE DAY. >> YOU SUPPORT LINDSEY GRAHAM'S 15-WEEK ABORTION BAN? >> I AM PRO LIFE, AND I HAVE STRONG SENTIMENTS ABOUT THE EXCEPTIONS, I DO NOT THINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN THE STATES ISSUES. >> SO, YOU WOULD NOT SUPPORT I? >> I DON'T THINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD PLAY A ROLE IN TELLING STATES HOW TO MAKE DECISIONS AROUND SOME OF THESE ISSUES. ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE ONES LIKE THOSE INVOLVED IN PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT. >> THE HEART IS NOT BEATING. >> IN 2019, YOU TALKED ABOUT POTENTIALLY HAVING SOME CONCERNS ABOUT ABORTION. >> IF THE LITMUS TEST SAYS THE HARDEST READING, THEY REALLY MAKE IT TO HEART BEATING. >> HAVE YOU EVOLVED IN THAT THINKING? >> NO. IT IS THE SAME THING I SAID THERE. ON AN INTERVIEW I SAID THAT I AM PRO-LIFE. AND I HAVE TREMENDOUS COMPASSION FOR THE DIFFICULTY OF THESE DECISIONS. >> ALL IT HAS TO WALK A FINE LINE, TRYING TO WIN OVER INDEPENDENT VOTERS AND HIS KEY SWING STATE, WHILE ALSO NOT ALIENATING THE TYPE OF FAR-RIGHT CONSERVATIVES WHO HOPE DOUG MASTRIANO WILL BECOME THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA. >> WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE LIKE THAT MASTRIANO WHO, BACK IN MARCH WAS SAYING, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TAPES OF HIM SAYING THAT HE WAS PRO-CHOICE, THAT HE SUPPORTED ABORTION, HOW DO YOU PUSHBACK? >> I AM PROUD OF THE THINGS I SAID IN MY LIFE. I AM CONSISTENT IN THEM. I AM PRO-LIFE. >> YOU SAID THAT FETTERMAN DOES NOT FOLLOW THE RULES, HASN'T PAID HIS TAXES, HOW DO YOU SQUARE THAT WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE DECENT CRITICISM OF DONALD TRUMP? >> YOU KNOW, MY MAJOR FOCUS IS TO ENSURE THE VOTERS OF PENNSYLVANIA ARE WELL INFORMED ABOUT THE CANDIDATES THEY ARE GOING TO PICK FROM. THOSE TWO CANDIDATES ARMY OR JOHN FETTERMAN. YOU BASICALLY HAVE TWO CHOICES. MOST OF MY CRITICISM OF JOHN FETTERMAN ARE DESIGNED TO EDUCATE VOTERS. HE SHOULD COME OUT AND DEFEND HIMSELF. >> YOU HAVE BEEN A BIG SUPPORTER OF DONALD TRUMP, OBVIOUSLY, YOU GOT HIS ENDORSEMENT. IN THIS MOST RECENT ALLEGATION AGAINST HIM WITH THE CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS AT MAR-A-LAGO, YOUR RESPONSE TO THAT? >> POLITICS IS A GAME OF ADDITION AND MULTIPLICATION, NOT DIVISION. I HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE ENDORSING ME. SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP, MANY DO, AND I WANT EVERYBODY TO ENDORSE ME. I WANT DEMOCRATS TO ENDORSE ME, INDEPENDENTS, I AM NOT GOING TO LIMIT WHO ENDORSES ME BASED ON WHATEVER IS GOING ON IN THEIR LIVES. >> IN LISTENING TO YOUR PRIORITIES, YOUR PLATFORM, IF YOU WILL, YOU SEEM VERY MODERATE. BUT THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE KIND OF LABELED YOU AS A MAGA REPUBLICAN. WOULD YOU AGREE WITH THAT? >> I THINK I'M A MODERATE LEADER. BUT, NOT PASSIVE. I ACT VERY STRONGLY ABOUT THE POSITIONS I HAVE. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO BRIDGE A GAP THAT HAS BECOME A CHASM IN AMERICA, ONE THAT HAS PARALYZED OUR ABILITY TO MOVE FORWARD AS A NATION. AND SO, I HAVE STRONG FEELINGS ABOUT THE THINGS THAT I THINK ARE IMPORTANT ABOUT AMERICA. I SUSPECT MOST AMERICANS SHARE THOSE FAMILY VALUES. >> A SENTIMENT HE HOPES WILL ENCOURAGE VOTERS TO GET THEM ACROSS THE FINISH LINE FIRST IN THE RACE TO NOVEMBER. >> I TH

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