Joe Biden Blasts Dr. Oz, Dave McCormick—'Too Craven' for Pennsylvania

President Joe Biden has said Pennsylvania's Republican U.S. Senate candidates Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick are "too craven" to represent the state in a broadside where he also urged urged Pennsylvania voters to elect Lt. Governor John Fetterman, who was projected to win Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Biden's official Twitter account shared a statement in support of Fetterman shortly after the Democratic Senate candidate thanked supporters after his victory in the state.

"Electing @JohnFetterman to the United States Senate would be a big step forward for Pennsylvania's working people," Biden wrote.

The Pennsylvania race could be key to Democrats retaining control of the Senate and Biden wasted no time in offering his support to Fetterman after it became clear he would defeat Democratic rivals Representative Conor Lamb and state Representative Malcolm Kenyatta.

Fetterman will face a Republican candidate in November but as of early Wednesday morning it was unclear who would win the state's GOP primary.

Celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz was almost neck-and-neck with businessman Dave McCormick, with Oz enjoying a lead of just 0.2 percent with 94 percent of results reported. Oz had won 31.3 percent, McCormick had 31.1 percent and longshot candidate Kathy Barnette had won 24.8 percent.

Biden took aim at the Republicans, saying: "And while we await the results of the GOP primary, one thing is clear—these candidates are not your father's GOP. They have fought a malicious, chaotic primary campaign to be the most extreme."

"And they have shown people their authentic selves—that whoever emerges will be too dangerous, too craven, and too extreme to represent Pennsylvania in the United States Senate," the president said.

In the Republican primary, Oz was endorsed by former President Donald Trump but has faced a stiff challenge from McCormick, who was a Treasury official during the administration of former President George W. Bush.

There had been speculation that Kathy Barnette could pull off a surprise win in the GOP primary, which had led to scrutiny of her past statements attacking Islam and LGBT people. However, it appears Barnette will finish the race in third place.

The president also gave Fetterman his backing on Tuesday.

"As Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor, John Fetterman understands that working class families in Pennsylvania and across the country have been dealt out for far too long," Biden said in the statement.

"It's time to deal them back in, and electing John to the United States Senate would be a big step forward for Pennsylvania's working people. Democrats are united around John, who is a strong nominee, will run a tough race, and can win in November," the president said.

Fetterman celebrated his victory from hospital where he is recovering from a heart procedure to implant a pacemaker following a stroke. He tweeted on Tuesday: "PA — THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING ME AS YOUR DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR U.S. SENATE IN PENNSYLVANIA!!!!!!!!"

"I'm *so* deeply honored," Fetterman added. He also later retweeted Biden's statement in support of him, writing: "Thank you, Mr. President."

Fetterman is on course to win an impressive victory over his Democratic rivals and he had 59 percent of the vote with 91 percent of results reported as on early Wednesday morning. Lamb had won 26.5 percent and Kenyatta just 10.3 percent.

The Pennsylvania lieutenant governor will now compete for the Senate seat that will be vacated by Republican Senator Pat Toomey, who is not seeking re-election this year.

In a written statement, Fetterman said: "This is the most important race in the country. Control of the Senate is going to come down to Pennsylvania, and we have to flip this seat. We have a hard fight ahead of us — but Pennsylvania is worth fighting for."

Newsweek has asked the Fetterman, Oz and McCormick campaigns for comment.

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US President Joe Biden delivers remarks to guests, most of whom lost a family member in the Tops market shooting, at the Delavan Grider Community Center on May 17, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. Biden strongly criticized Republican Senate candidates Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick in a statement on Tuesday. Scott Olson/Getty Images