May 17th, 2010
10:43 AM ET
5 years ago

In defeat, Sestak would fall in line to try to beat Toomey in Senate contest

Sestak says he will do all he can to defeat the likely Republican nominee if he fails to beat Sen. Arlen Specter in the Tuesday primary.
Sestak says he will do all he can to defeat the likely Republican nominee if he fails to beat Sen. Arlen Specter in the Tuesday primary.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak expressed confidence Sunday that he would win the Senate Democratic nomination, but vowed to do all he can to defeat the likely Republican nominee if he fails to beat Sen. Arlen Specter in the Tuesday primary.

Sestak would not say he would endorse Specter, but rather noted he would "do anything to make sure we beat Pat Toomey," in the November general election. Toomey is the former GOP congressman, whose nomination for his party's candidacy is all but a formality.

"As I said, I come from a background in the military where the prospect of winning is the only, only option you have," Sestak told CNN in an interview

after addressing the congregation at the Mount Ephraim Baptist Church. "But I'll do anything to make sure that Pat Toomey doesn't win. But we're gonna win. Pat Toomey is gonna lose."

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Filed under: 2010 • Arlen Specter • Joe Sestak • Pat Toomey • Pennsylvania
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Michael

    This is the kind of unity we need from politicians to fight for the common interest of the American people irrespective of their political stands. Go for democrats for great change.

    May 17, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Paul

    Good luck Joe, you are what Pennsylvania and the country need right now. I hope Arlen will help you defeat Pat Toomey in the fall. I've had enought of the party of no!

    May 17, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Fed Up

    He will do "ANYTHING"????? Yeap, that's a real Democrat for ya. Vote e'm in. Vote 'em out.

    May 17, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    U GO U FIESTY SESTAK!!! Lots of energy and YOU are RIGHT – the main goal is to BEAT TOOMEY like he stoled something!!!!

    May 17, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. rdepontb

    Whoever can be articulate, direct, compassionate, AND have served decades in service to our nation's defense is OK in my book.

    I like everything about Sestak. I have to be honest that there is not much anymore I like about Specter; these folks need to know when it's time to leave the scene, with respect and head held high, as I'm sure the good Senator will do in bowing out.

    May 17, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Charles W. Skinner

    It really doesn't matter who wins the Tuesday primary in Pennsylvania. Pat Toomey will end up defeating either Sen. Specter or Rep. Sestak. The mood-shift in Pennsylvania from the 2008 victory that State handed Pres. Obama has shifted dramatically, with the Sub-Urban and Rural Voters fleeing from the Democrat party en mass. Only the hard-left Urban areas are sticking with the Democrat party, and those are wavering and fighting amongst themselves over ideology.

    Unless there is some significant Conservative legislation passed by the Federal Government (i.e. tax reform, spending reform or repeal of the Health Care Reform Act), the Democrat party will lose control of Congress and most of the vulnerable seats in the Senate. My prediction, 90 seat loss in the House and a Senate Controlled by the Democrat party 52 to 48.

    May 17, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Bless you, Joe Sixpack for splitting the democrat vote and ensuring a republican victory in November.

    Whatever happens in the primary, Specter's going to be gone.

    So Sixpack refuses to endorse Specter if he loses. You think turncoat Specter would endorse Sixpack? No way!

    May 17, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. cath

    If Sus...wins he will be the most liberal to the left and if Arlen wins he will at least be center of the road....I can't vote for either but Sustek is shady (he's covering up a lot of crap about his military service IMO)....I don't like Arlen either but at least he's level headed and not a socialist.

    May 17, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |