September 13th, 2010
08:36 AM ET
4 years ago

Biden & Clinton to help out Sestak

 Bill Clinton and Joe Biden will both campaign for Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania Monday.
Bill Clinton and Joe Biden will both campaign for Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania Monday.

Washington (CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton is heading to Pennsylvania today to try and keep a Senate seat in Democratic hands. The event, a late addition by Rep. Joe Sestak's campaign, comes on the same day that Vice President Joe Biden heads to his native Pennsylvania to help out Sestak, the Democrats' Senate nominee in the Keystone state.

The former president will join Sestak at the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, in suburban Philadelphia. Sestak, a retired Navy admiral, served on the National Security Council during the Clinton administration.

Monday evening Biden is scheduled to help raise campaign cash for Joe Sestak at a fundraiser in the Philadelphia area. The Biden and Clinton events come just one week before President Barack Obama is expected to be the main attraction at a September 20 fundraiser to raise money for the two term representative.

Last year the former admiral and congressman from southeast Pennsylvania challenged Republican turned Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter for their party's nomination. Obama and Biden both supported Specter. But Sestak survived a nasty intra-party battle and defeated Specter in the May 18 primary.

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

Sestak 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.

Sestak finds himself trailing former Rep. Pat Toomey, the Republican Senate nominee, in both campaign cash and in the polls. Toomey was leading Sestak by nine points and ten points in two recent surveys of Pennsylvania voters.

Toomey is teaming up with a high profile surrogate of his own on Thursday. Former Pennsylvania Gov. and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is scheduled to join Toomey at a press conference at State College to talk about fiscal responsibility.

CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Joe Biden • Joe Sestak • Pennsylvania
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Riley

    Nobody can help Sestak. The people of PA want Toomey as their senator. They could care less what Biden or Clinton say.

    September 13, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. barry

    Great! This way when the Republicans take the run away train back from the children driving it the Democrats can say they gave it their best effort. Surprised President Clinton continues to support this terrible administration. It is so opposite to what he ran. President Clinton was much more mature and worked to unite the country.

    September 13, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. bill

    come on bill clinton.get out there.show these impeachment repubs.you are MUCH BETTER THAN THEM. WHICH YOU ARE.

    September 13, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. sally

    Dems will regain the house and senate.

    September 13, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Annie Hampton

    The same Biden/Clinton mess that illegally offered Sestak another job to drop out of the race so that the old democrat/republican/independent senator could run again?

    September 13, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Dems gotta go.

    September 13, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. jenn, philadelphia

    I hope they bring some class to this election. Sestak has been running one of the most negative campaigns I can remember. Oh wait, it's Clinton and Biden? Nevermind.

    September 13, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |