May 19th, 2010
09:17 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama congratulates Sestak

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/19/art.sestak.cnn.jpg caption="Rep. Joe Sestak said that President Obama called to congratulate him Tuesday night."](CNN) – Rep. Joe Sestak said that President Obama called to congratulate him Tuesday night following his victory over Sen. Arlen Specter, the Republican-turned-Democrat who was backed by the president in this primary.

Obama "couldn't have been nicer," Sestak said in an interview Wednesday on CNN's American Morning.

Sestak also said that president told him, "I'm there for you and I look forward to working with you and getting you in the United States Senate."

When Specter switched political parties last year, Obama and Vice President Biden publicly pledged their support for him in the primary. While the president appeared in radio and television ads for the veteran senator, Obama did not appear on the campaign trail with Specter in the closing days of race.


Filed under: Joe Sestak • President Obama
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Wake UP

    When will the Obama administration be indicted for trying to buy off Sestak with a job offer???
    Why doesn't CNN and all other liberal MSM report this?
    Obama and his chicago machine bought the health care bill, now trying to influence elections with ILLEGAL job offers.

    Hello, where are journalists???????

    May 19, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Just wanted to say thanks to Arlene for his many years of service, and most recently for supporting Pres Obama's important agenda...But it may be time for new blood, and looks like we are going to get it..What amazed me the most about the race was how quick the media, notably some so called reporters on the left were so quick to blame Pres Obama for Specter's loss.. The Pres has always been out there campaigning for all Dems even when he has a full plate of issues to deal with from the prev so called WH Adm..Lets just say this, regardless of whether Pres Obama came out the day before the race or not, the bottom line is that the media would have blamed him either way for the loss..Seems that has been the way thing have been going, so why stop now !!!!

    May 19, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Capt. Snarky

    Hey, Mr. President – how about an explanation of that BRIBE you offered Sleestack in an effort to ensure Spectre keeping his seat???????

    Any word on a DOJ inquiry into that matter?

    May 19, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Capt. Snarky

    Hey, Sleestack – tell us.... when did you and President Obama kiss and make up? I guess you've swept that whole BRIBE thing under the rug and all is forgotten now that you've won the nomination away from Spectre.....

    May 19, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. joannain PA

    Obama has something very few people have now a days. its called integrity. Something the GOP knows NOTHING of. We, the dems asked Arlene to join us becuase his party had and continues to stay way off in radical nonsense right field. We knew we were going to have sestak, so did Obama, but Obama promised specter, so he made good on a promise. Period. same goes for blanche. Obama is smart and know sestak is a better match for toomy in this enivroment.

    May 19, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. A.B.

    Now that President Obama has graciously congratulated Joe-the real-deal-Sestak on his victory over Arlen-Opportunist-Specter, The President and his democratic allies should now get behind Sestak and support him in his upcoming battle against Pat Toomey, the Republican challanger. The Democrats cannot afford to lose any U.S. Senate seat to the Republicans.

    May 19, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Dano

    Arlen Specter was already DOA when he switched parties. He would not have won the GOP primary either. You're 80 years old dude go enjoy your golden years.

    May 19, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Peace

    The President is very smart. He used his big lens and understood that though he supported Arlen Specter earlier, unfortunately, he was not in a position to emerge as a winner. We all do what works for us, what doesn't, we just leave it aside.

    May 19, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Brenda

    I find it interesting that no media-except for Fox-–reported on the situation regarding Sestak and Pennsylvania.

    Sestak came out publicly and said that he was offered a job by the Obama Admin to drop out of the race. Where was the investigation and reporting on this??

    Sestak ran on an 'anti-government", "anti-Washington" platform-–which can be interpreted as 'anti-Obama, Pelosi, and Reid'.

    So, the Democrats might have won in PA--but Obama, Pelosi, and Reid LOST.

    May 19, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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