September 3rd, 2010
02:34 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama going to bat for Sestak

President Obama is going to hold a fundraiser for Joe Sestak.
President Obama is going to hold a fundraiser for Joe Sestak.

(CNN) - Time - and apparently campaign money - can heal old wounds.

Two Democratic officials confirm President Obama is headed to Philadelphia on September 20 to host a fundraiser for the Senate campaign of Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak, who survived a nasty primary battle that featured Obama backing incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter (D) over the Congressman.

Top White House officials, including Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, were enmeshed in a huge controversy over whether they used former President Bill Clinton to dangle before Sestak an advisory job in the executive branch in exchange for him dropping out of the primary contest.

The Congressman refused the offer while White House officials have denied that any laws or ethical regulations were breached, and Sestak's campaign staff now says it's time for Democrats to put everything behind them.

"We're honored that the President would do an event with Joe during his trip to Pennsylvania," Sestak spokesman Jonathon Dworkin told CNN. "He and Joe may have had their differences, but they can agree that it is critical to elect a Senator who will put Pennsylvania's working families first."

Sestak needs as much help as he can get right now because recent polls show him trailing Republican nominee Pat Toomey, though a significant portion of the Pennsylvania electorate appears to still be undecided.

A recent poll by Ipsos/Reuters poll found Toomey up double digits, 47 percent to 37 percent, with 15 percent undecided. Meanwhile, a Franklin and Marshall College poll found Toomey leading 40 percent to 31 percent, but there was a whopping 26 percent undecided.

That may be one reason why Sestak officials have also been lobbying White House official to send the extremely popular First Lady Michelle Obama to Pennsylvania for a separate visit, according to Democratic officials.


Filed under: 2010 • Joe Sestak • Pennsylvania • President Obama
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    GOOD........ Joe Sestak......... is a good guy and a winner!

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    September 3, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Independant Vet

    You can already hear , the beginnng of more lies.

    Need to raise another 50 Million. When you read the fine print ,He will have FT. Knox , to share with Hamas an the terrorist he just had shipped here.

    Well he didn;t want him near by , butn as one jackass to another , you , got me uner your thumb . Lke all others, Do as I say , an you will be rewarded . UH HUH , just a muslim finest hour , give me your money $$$$$ .

    September 3, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. MacTooley

    Yeah while youre at it why dont ya call "Slick Willie" and be sure to remind him that under his orders attorney general Janet Reno threatened bigger banks with discrimination lawsuits if they didnt approve poorly qualified minority homeowner loans Blame that bum Bush but a big big chunk of that housing bubble has Bill Clintons name all over ass well as an intensely deminished military

    September 3, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Snow

    Flip Flop, first nobama was against sestak but now he is for him. Sestak better be careful, he probably had a better chance when nobama was against him, this just reminds people sestak is a DC insider.

    September 3, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. USA

    Thank you Socilalist in Chief just another guarantee win for the republicans.

    September 3, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. gt

    i am surprise he didnt want sestack to meet him martha vineyard or ohio...

    September 3, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. chill

    Finally, a Democratic candidate with the guts to show up. And the voters are well advised not deciding on Toomey. I was stuck with him as my Congressman for six years and despite his fair-haired boy looks, he's an extremist as his leadership of the Club for Growth should indicate. If you aren't making millions each year, he's not on your side. And that includes small businesses.

    September 3, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. All the news that is fit to omit

    Barry and Sestak can kick back and laugh about ILLEGAL job offers and such, but don't worr
    y Sotero, we are coming after your lies after we take charge in November.

    Have Shelly pack up some things before the FBI and others come for you, I can't wait to see her getting all neck snappy.

    Hey look, more bad job numbers, of course the media is spinning that they are not so bad.............

    Funny, when Bush actually created 200,000 jobs CNN said the numbers were "mixed" even when unemployment was well below FIVE PERCENT.

    Remember in November.

    September 3, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. All the news that is fit to omit

    Barry and Sestak can kick back and laugh about ILLEGAL job offers and such, but don't worry Sotero, we are coming after your lies after we take charge in November.

    Have Shelly pack up some things before the FBI and others come for you, I can't wait to see her getting all neck snappy.

    Hey look, more bad job numbers, of course the media is spinning that they are not so bad.............

    Funny, when Bush actually created 200,000 jobs CNN said the numbers were "mixed" even when unemployment was well below FIVE PERCENT.

    Remember in November.

    September 3, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Discernment

    SESTAK = INDEPENDENCE

    I like Joe Sestak.
    He has got that fight and independent streak to get things done for the people and the state.

    September 3, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. malt

    Obama tried to buy Sestak off (FREE White House job!) and now he's going 'to bat' for him. Just like Obama, do whatever to move your agenda along. This man is corrupt and dirty.

    September 3, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. jim

    Birds of a feather flock together.Neither of these two men have any principles.!!!

    September 3, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. barbara

    This means that Sestak will lose (but we knew that anyway) We were just glad that he knocked Arlen out of the way.

    September 3, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Shirley in California

    Good. Despite what some people are saying Obama DOES help. I know you want to equate the democrats loses to Obama's policies but the truth is the people just didn't want the individual running. Just because republicans RAN from Bush does not mean democrats are running from Obama. I truly believe we will unite in November (just as we did before). No one is eager to give our progress (slow as it may be sometimes) back into the hands of the same vulchers who created this mess. I can't wait to see the silence on this board in November. Job creation is going to start picking up and then what will the republicans have to complain about – that he's creating too many jobs. They are just that stupid.

    As far as Obama creating trillions of dollars of debt. So what? I wasn't around during WWII and I had to help pay off that debt. Each generation is responsible for their own outcome. If these policies can better their lives – why shouldn't they take some responsibility? Its about NOW not tomorrow. Tomorrow can and has always taken care of itself.

    September 3, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. valwayne

    I think this is great! Maybe while they are together the Press will ask both of them to tell us what really happened when the White House called Sestak to offer him a high level job to drop out of the primary against Sen Specter? What we have so far is clearly a lying cover up!

    September 3, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "@ Susan......I must disagree with you about Half Gov. Sarah Palin not facing the media. Palin faces the media everyda. She puts her information up on her Facebook Page for them to gobble up and then she satnds back and watches them jump all over it. Ohhhhhhhh pardon me. I was just informed that "Face"book is not "Facing" the media so I guess you are right.."

    What a wonderfully absurd argument. Palin gutlessly says whatever comes into her muon-sized brain, no matter how untrue, ridiculous, incorrect, misinformed or uneducated it is or sounds, then REFUSES to go anywhere or talk to anyone who will ask her questions about it that she simply can't answer because what she said was not the product of informed critical thinking, but just regressive, reactionary drivel said for partisan political purposes. Then, when the media says "wow, doesn't that just sound really stupid? or questionable? or what the heck was she talking about?" she gets all bent out of shape, throws a diva-style hissy fit and wets her adult pampers when it all could have been avoided if she would do the interviews and ANSWER QUESTIONS THAT SHOW SHE HAS A RATIONAL, REASONABLE, INFORMED EXPLANATION AND DEFENSE FOR WHAT SHE SAID. What's so hard about that? It's very easy. "I said X, because A, B, C, D, E, F, G." But you see, she doesn't have a rational and reasonable explanation ebcause SHE'S NOT INFORMED...ergo, she avoids all media who might ask her a tough question and projects her ineptitude, cowardice and purely biased behavior upion everyone else, claiming that legitimately tough questions are a "set up" and "they're just trying to shake me down." She's pitiful...and the vast majority of America knows.

    September 3, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. A True Centrist

    ...and the Republicans stand in applause, thanking the President.

    September 3, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Dave

    Offer him another job once he loses in November!

    September 3, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Dave

    Watch out – the vast majority of Americans do not approve of Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the other democrats that have destroyed our nation.

    September 3, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. gary

    No more Sestak!
    No more deficits!
    No more taxes!
    No more Democrats!

    Obama can't help this man, he can only hurt his chances of winning...

    September 3, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. Dennis

    Oh good, Sestak is doomed!

    September 3, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. James B

    OK. If you are a party member you are to support the nominee of the party. All parties have this rule. This is why I would not join any party. What if I really cant stand the nominee I have broken the rule and I might not be allowed to be a delegate.

    September 3, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. Shucks

    He is running against TOOMEY who is a wall street bedpartner and responsible for writing legislation responsible for the near collapse. His biggest contributors to his campaign are wall street investors. He also was in favor of privatizing social security which if it had been done and all those recipients would have invested in the stock market, they would have been eating dog food for the rest of their lives. Mr. Toomey lives in a mansion and eats caviar. If anyone for one second thinks he is for main street or the working class they are seriously mentally disturbed.

    September 3, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Dar

    WOW, let the sucking up begin.
    Odumbo is such a tard, he wasnt for him, now he is for him.
    And people voted the fool into office....what were you thinking?

    September 3, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Big Dave

    The kiss of Death!!!!!

    September 3, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |