May 17th, 2010
05:58 PM ET
10 years ago

Specter, Sestak court African-American vote in Pennsylvania

Sen. Arlen Specter was in Philadelphia Sunday courting the African-American vote. So was his primary challenger, Rep. Joe Sestak.

Sen. Arlen Specter was in Philadelphia Sunday courting the African-American vote. So was his primary challenger, Rep. Joe Sestak.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (CNN) - With little fanfare, Rep. Joe Sestak walked into Mount Ephraim Baptist Church on Sunday and quickly headed for a pew near the back of this African-American church.

Few of the 70 members of the congregation would have noticed the congressman if not for the handful of reporters who hustled in right behind him to record this moment of time-honored Democratic campaigning: a plea for the black vote.

Sestak, a two-term congressman hoping to defeat Republican-turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in Tuesday's Senate primary, sat alone in the pew for 30 minutes as a sermon was delivered and a family welcomed to the front. And then it was time for the retired Navy admiral turned congressman to make his pitch.

Sestak highlighted his military career; his ties to former President Clinton; his young daughter's triumph over brain cancer; and his pledge to work hard on issues of importance to the African-American community. He closed by asking church members for their support.

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Filed under: 2010 • Arlen Specter • Joe Sestak • Pennsylvania
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Marge

    Goodness gracious. I guess CNN is on another tear. Neither article tells what they put the headline up as. There was an article that said the republicans give misleading headlines that never even come close to the true article.

    I see old CNN the Fox wanta be is starting the same thing.

    May 17, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Donnatella

    I would vote for Sestak if I lived in PA, the old man has been around too long, he knows all the games they play in DC, we need some new blood, I'm also liking Rand Paul.

    May 17, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Bill Haverly

    This is just not the American way when candidates 'court African-Americans' or any other special interest group. Whatever happened to the good old days when candidates held open meetings for all Americans?
    Don't be naive: Obama and the democraps have truly divided our nation.

    May 17, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. They call me "tater salad"

    These clowns are nothing more than used car salesmen........They ALWAYS seem to care about everything and everyone when they need the votes, any other time we're all nothing more than just another drop in the bucket to these lying thieves..........Republican or Democrat makes NO difference........They're ALL on the take....... like they say,....."Everyone has a price"....And anyone who believes our government is the exception to the rule is an idiot, plain and simple!!!!

    May 17, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. Ed

    The only time Arlen Specter gives a hoot about black people (or the poor for that matter) is one day every four years, election day. Time for this fossil to retire.

    May 17, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. kingaire2010

    Arlen Spectoer is an arrogant life time politician with no loyalty to any party of his constituents.

    He was terrible to the people at the town hall meetings. After seeing him dress down a very nice lady at the meeting, I decided no matter what party this clown join he has to go.

    He has outlived his usefullness

    May 17, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |