May 18th, 2010
10:47 PM ET
13 years ago

Kaine: Pennsylvania Dems have made their choice

Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, issued the following statement about the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary.

(read the full statement after the jump)

“Today, Pennsylvania voters had a choice between Congressman Joe Sestak and Senator Arlen Specter. Congressman Sestak and Senator Specter both campaigned tirelessly across the Keystone State in support of President Obama’s efforts to help middle-class Americans. I congratulate them both on a hard-fought campaign. This race came down to the wire, but ultimately Democratic voters in Pennsylvania have decided that Congressman Sestak is the best man to fight for them in Washington.

“As the highest-ranking former military officer ever elected to Congress, Joe Sestak has served our country with honor. In the Senate, as he has done in the House of Representatives, Joe Sestak will stand up for the needs of Pennsylvania workers and families.

“Come November, the choice for Pennsylvanians could not be clearer: Congressman Sestak, who has fought for middle-class Americans; or ultra-conservative Republican Pat Toomey, a former Wall Street derivatives trader who would represent instead the powerful special interests funding his campaign and who during his brief tenure in Congress had a right wing voting record that would make Rick Santorum look like a moderate. While Joe Sestak has been working with President Obama to turn Pennsylvania and our country around, Pat Toomey would have sacrificed that progress to the politics of obstruction practiced by Washington Republicans by opposing the Recovery Act, Health Reform, Student Loan Reform and Wall Street Reform.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank Senator Specter for his decades of service to the people of Pennsylvania and the nation and for his work this past year with President Obama and Senate Democrats to put America on the road to recovery. Senator Specter has had a distinguished career and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the months ahead as we continue to move our country forward.”

Filed under: 2010 • Arlen Specter • DNC • Joe Sestak • Pennsylvania • Pennsylvania Senate • Tim Kaine
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. rachel

    hah the Obama dem's (not real dems) tried everything to get this guy out of the race they tried to buy him off I guess they had nothing on him or I am sure they would have used it. I hope Sestak says no thanks to any help from the white house for the general.

    May 18, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  2. D.

    Even the democrats in PA did not follow the president's wish!

    May 18, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  3. Joseph

    Well, I feel sorry for Arlen Specter. What the sad destiny is for Arlen Spector, who betrays his consious and beliefs, the party that supported him for 5-terms, and American people, who pay his bills for 30 years, by switching to the deamocRatic party and support Obama's policies. Without Specter's support, American people will now immediately have 1.5 trillions to pay down its debts and save 10 more trillions for the next 3 years, which Obama will happily to spend and waste. No wonder Obama said "I like Arlen Specter who is my hero" and campaigned for him. Interestingly, whoever asked for Obama's support, he or she will lose miserably. Will anyone else dares to invite Nobama to campaign for them again?

    May 18, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  4. Russell

    Seems like PA is a win for progressive democrats and Obama's change agenda for America. Mark Critz and Joe Sestak are a great step on the road to Nov 2.

    May 18, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  5. DC Johnny

    But Obama loves Specter. And that love watched Specter go from state favorite to state chump. I wonder what that means about the general election coming up, Dems?

    May 18, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. vwrtb

    Out with the DINO! we need true liberals to clean up the republican policy that has sent the economy to ruin and our good Jobs overseas! Vote no to the party of no in November!

    May 18, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  7. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Sorry Specter, but you can't change your stripes just to avoid being put out to pasture. You made your choice to be a Rethugnican for YEARS and then changed sides when you saw you were going to lose, it doesn't work that way my friend. Good luck in the unemployment line with the rest of us..

    May 19, 2010 01:00 am at 1:00 am |