Carlisle, Pa. (AP) — Hopeful for the Republican Senate Muhammad Oz Criticisms of far-right candidates in Pennsylvania are intensifying, and they are gaining traction ahead of Tuesday’s primary.
After avoiding Republican Senate nominee Kathy Barnett for much of her campaign, Oz said Saturday that she is out of touch with the Republican Party and will not win the November election.In an interview, he asked a question Tweets in 2015 From Barnette, in which she wrote: “Pedophilia is the cornerstone of Islam.”
Oz, who will become the country’s first Muslim senator, described the comments as “unqualified”.
“She would be reprehensible for tweeting defamation of an entire religion,” Oz told The Associated Press. “This state was built on religious liberty. As a Pennsylvanian, I’m proud to stand up for every Every faith has its own basic beliefs.” Advantages. “
The Barnette campaign did not respond to a request for comment. Barnett told NBC News earlier this week that she made no statement and remained live on her Twitter feed on Saturday.
The Republican race for the Pennsylvania Senate seat has been a costly battle among former hedge fund CEOs for months. David McCormick And Oz, who spent millions attacking each other on TV. Everyone faces questions about their relationship with Pennsylvania. McCormick grew up in the state, while Oz attended medical school there and married in Philadelphia.
But in the final days of the Republican primary, a third candidate emerged — Barnett, a conservative commentator who has courted hardline pro-Trump groups. Trump himself has warned that Barnett’s background has not been properly scrutinized.
The election is just days away and opinion polls suggest a tight three-way race with a sizable number of unresolved voters that could sway next week’s outcome.
Oz won Trump’s support in the Senate race, even as some Trump supporters continue to question his conservative credentials.
When asked to clarify his views on abortion in Saturday’s interview, Oz spoke with Trump’s new option Pennsylvania Gov. Doug Mastriano, a far-right conservative, has called abortion “the number one problem.” In a recent televised debate, Mastriano said he supports banning abortion during pregnancy, including rape, incest or the life of the mother.
Oz calls himself “pro-abortion” but says he prefers Pennsylvania’s abortion ban, which includes exceptions for rape, incest and mother’s life.
“Sometimes we disagree with other anti-abortion advocates,” Oz told The Associated Press. “In my case, these differences come up frequently because as a doctor I have dealt with life-threatening issues for my mother.”
However, Oz retained his sharpest criticism of Barnett, responding to Trump’s concerns that her background was not properly scrutinized. He lashed out at her previous comments about Islam, noting that she also has a history of anti-gay remarks.
“We know so little,” Oz said. “Every time she answers a question, she asks more. But I don’t think it’s qualified to make Islamophobic and homophobic comments, not just for the general election, but for the Republican primary.”
Associated Press writer Mark Levy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, contributed to this report.