The moderator posed a question to Sands, “Should there be exceptions or should abortion be banned across the board?”
“Oz says he's pro-life, but as a matter of fact, he is not just not pro-life, he tweeted his own words that he is not pro-life, but also, he's Turkey first,” Sands said in response.
“He served in the Turkish military, not the U.S. military, and he chose to do that,” she explained. “He chose to put Turkey first. And he has said that the baby's heartbeat is not a heartbeat, it's an electrical impulse.”
Oz, as he did throughout the debate, pointed to his endorsement by former president Trump, who said he was “America First.” He argued that he had served as a member of the Turkish military for just two months to visit his parents.
“President Trump was very clear, I'm America First,” Oz said. “I was obliged to serve for two months in the infirmary in the Turkish military, which I did in order to visit my parents as I went through my life. I can love my mother and I can love my country as well.”
Oz sparked controversy in March after he said he'd perhaps not be required to have security clearances when he was Senator from the United States. He wants to keep the dual status of his citizenship in Turkey to take care of his mother who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
“I can love my country and love my mom,” Oz said, prompting harsh criticism from his opponent Dave McCormick. Responding to escalating critique, Oz said that his dual citizenship with Turkey has become a “distraction,” adding that Oz would be a committed U.S. citizen if sworn in.
“My dual citizenship has become a distraction in this campaign,” he stated. “I maintained it to care for my ailing mother, but after several weeks of discussions with my family, I'm committing that before I am sworn in as the next U.S. senator for Pennsylvania I will only be a U.S. citizen.”
Oz said that the criticisms from his principal rival, Dave McCormick, were “bigoted,” comparing it to the time when Americans were averse to Jews or Catholics.
“The bigoted attacks my opponent Dave McCormick has made against me as the child of immigrants are reminiscent of slurs made in the past about Catholics and Jews,” McCormick claimed. “It is a sign of McCormick's desperate campaign that he's resorted to this disgraceful tactic. It's completely disqualifying behavior for anyone aiming to serve in the United States Senate.”
Basketball player Enes Kanter Freedom is a native of Switzerland but was raised in Turkey. Later, he was dubbed Oz as a “foreign agent” over his dual citizenship.
“People in Pennsylvania need to understand that [Dr. Oz] is a Foreign Agent and he works for Dictator [Erdogan]. Ask yourself, why would a Turkish citizen, who lives in Jersey and works in New York City, want to be the Senator from Pennsylvania. Come on People!!” Enes tweeted in March.
Despite the growing opposition from the left, former President Trump was still in favor of Oz's candidacy.
“I believe that Mehmet Oz will be the one most able to win the General Election against a Radical Left Democrat looking to do unthinkable harm to our Country. Women, in particular, are drawn to Dr. Oz for his advice and counsel,” said the former president. “I have seen this many times over the years. They know him, believe in him, and trust him.”