Tags: US | Pennsylvania | Senate

Sestak, Toomey Race Will Be About Jobs, Economy

Wednesday, 19 May 2010 06:39 AM


Joe Sestak had barely won the Democratic nod to run for U.S. Senate before he pledged to begin the next campaign within a matter of hours.

Sestak, a second-term congressman from suburban Philadelphia and a former Navy admiral, will face off against Republican nominee Pat Toomey in a campaign expected to focus on wallets, pocketbooks and kitchen tables from opposite ends of the political spectrum.

"I think we'll see some real debates about failed philosophy that people tried, trickle down economics of the eight years of George Bush and a different way to approach it," Sestak said.

In a video message on his Web site, Pat Toomey, a conservative former congressman from the Allentown area, congratulated Sestak and said he looked forward to the campaign.

"Joe Sestak and I have major differences on important issues like job creation, taxes, spending, bailouts and health care," Toomey said. "He and I will give Pennsylvanians a good clear choice in November."

The fall campaign was set up by Sestak's victory over five-term U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter on Tuesday, as Democratic voters picked the candidate who had bucked party leaders to challenge the Republican-turned-Democrat.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Sestak received 563,499 votes, or 54 percent; Specter received 480,801 votes, or 46 percent.

The vote also was a defeat for President Barack Obama, whose support Specter received when he abandoned the Republican Party last year.

The moderate Specter had cast his party switch as a decision of principle after inflaming the GOP by voting for Obama's economic stimulus bill. But many Democratic voters questioned his devotion to party values, even as Democratic Party leaders questioned Sestak's ability to beat Toomey.

Hours after Specter's loss, Gov. Ed Rendell said he still believed Specter would be a stronger candidate than Sestak against Toomey because of Specter's appeal to moderate Republicans in the heavily populated Philadelphia suburbs.

But he said the party and labor unions would swing behind Sestak despite having worked mightily to defeat him.

"We're all Democrats and we understand the importance of keeping the Democratic Senate and we all agree with Joe on the issues," Rendell said. "Will we do it with the same love and affection for Arlen? No."

In the days before the primary, Specter and Sestak also argued over who had the best chance of beating Toomey in the fall, and to some Democratic voters, it was the first topic on their mind.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday showed Toomey in a close race against Sestak, with 42 percent to Sestak's 40 percent. Against Specter, Toomey held a slim lead, receiving 47 percent to Specter's 40 percent. The sampling error margin was plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ex-KKK Leader David Duke: I May Challenge Rep. Steve Scalise

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 00:10 AM

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke says he might go up against Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana in 2016 bec . . .

AG Nominee Gets 2 GOP Endorsements After Witnesses Attack DOJ

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 23:33 PM

Two Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Loretta Lynch's nomination as attorney general, but not befor . . .

Recalling Late John Myers of Indiana, Congress' 'Mr. Nice Guy'

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 23:23 PM

Following the news on Tuesday that former Rep. John T. Myers died, the immediate reminiscences were not about the Indian . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved