May 19th, 2010
09:17 AM ET
11 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. Marge

    I am so glad a real Democrat beat a republican. We had gotten fooled with Rahm's blue dogs who were republicans running as Democrats. Now in Pennsylvania the Democrats took two seats.

    But the focus is on a lousy tea bag who got less votes than a second place Democrat in the Democratic primary. Well that goes to show the Democrats aren't going to let the republicans steal the seats this November. MORE DEMOCRATS turned out then republicans in a republican state. What do you think the real republicans along with Democrats and Independents are gonna tell the radical republicans and the tea bags in November.....'HEY REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS PACK YOUR BAGS."

    May 19, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Carly

    Obozo couldn't have "been nicer" because he wants Sestak to back him up in the Senate. Fat chance that will happen. Everybody knows that getting close to Obozo is like getting close to somebody with the plague.

    May 19, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. gt

    get rid of the old senators in both parties ,, they got this country in this mess...let them get a real job and stop living off the tax payers..

    May 19, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. Fed Up

    Guess Specter wasn't as needed by Obama as Obama made it sound. BIg surprise there! Everyone is replaceable. Even the Congress, Senate and President.

    May 19, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Mark from Louisiana

    Why hasn't Sestak been brought before congress to testify under oath about who in the white house offered him a position if he pulled out of this race? I guess that won't happen until the republicans are back in power.

    May 19, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Ron in California

    Specor got what he deserved. He was disloyal to the folks who got him there when he switched partie last year. He was promised by Obama that he would suport him during the campaign and was no where to be found when Spector needed him. Classic Obama....say one thing and do anoher. It was time for Spector to go...recall how he acted during the Town Hall meetings last year,,shameful. Now it is time to replace the rest of them. WITH Moderates

    May 19, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Jim In Miami

    Sestak will beat 'anti-labor', Massey Energy backed Pat Toomey in November.

    Though I really did like Arlen Specter over many years but it was time for his 'last hurrah' .

    May 19, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. Take America Back

    Obama didn't even know Sestak (other than he offered him a ranking seat in the Navy in return for not running against Darling Turn-Coat Specter) but now their pals.....great! That will certainly help Thune!
    The WH wants you to think they are unshaken.....yeah right! Not in history has a sitting president done more in an attempt to destroy our freedom than this president.
    This is not an "anti-incumbent" thing but rather it is an ANTI-LIBERAL thing! And oh yeah.....the Tea-Party is soooooo irrevelent.........you Libs keep on believeing that one too!

    Don't forget to turn the lights out Libs!

    May 19, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. Liberalism is a mental disorder

    Yeah after he backed Specter, now he supports Sleestak....this is great.....ONCE AGAIN – BHO backs a candidate and they lose just like Virginia, Carolina, and New Jersey and now penns. Keep up the great work BHO....keep supporting the dems you want to win and the Rep will definitely sweep in Nov.

    May 19, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Sherry in Kentucky

    All this talk about ani-incumbent mood in the country. . . I voted for Conway because he was pro health care reform and cap and trade. I think voting Dems are just more aware of the issues after the polarization during Bush years and are voting the issues instead of the name. . . Republicans are just voting for crazies who will obstruct Obama.

    May 19, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. doug

    There is a lot of evil libs in PA, if you have driven around the Philadelphia area then you have witnessed these dangerous, hate-filled, selfish extremists.

    To win a Demo-rat primary in that state, you have to show the libs that you have the same lack of values as they do. Arlen has voted for the right, fair, and decent things a few times in his career, the narcisisst lib Demo-rat base doesn't like that.

    He may have sold his soul to the devil recently, but that's no match for libs who never had one to begin with.

    May 19, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    KIss of death for Sestak. Obama thinks he has personal popularity, he does not seem to realize he is thought of as the slimiest, most corrupt president we have ever had. Won't probably find out until November 2012 because he is so arrogant and narcissitic.

    May 19, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. johnnie from Florida

    Good that Spector is gone,and so should the others who hesitate on President Obama's Agenda

    May 19, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Now that Specter is out of the way, I expect Sestak to wipe the floor with Toomey. This hopey changey thing is working out quite fine Sarah. We, democrats, won another special election. You republicans are dropping like flies.

    May 19, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. PalmReader

    All the wishful thinking that perhaps Specter would pull it off was fueled by GOP fear that he might not. President Obama made the correct decision to stay out of the fray. Considering that the better democratic candidate won, I'm sure President Obama is quite happy.

    Sorry, GOPers, but while Specter could not have defeated Toomey, you betcha Sestak can, and will.

    May 19, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. SuperD

    The real winner is Specter, now Sestak is going to get slaughtered in the general.

    Nice try Dems, but "Specter Light" still aint gonna cut it.

    May 19, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. conniesz

    This is good for the Democratic party – a real Democrat will run for the Senate in Pennsylvania. I actually like Arlen Specter, but his conversion from Republican to Democrat was not enough to make him liberal enough for an east coast Democrat. The real problem is the total disintegration of the North East Liberal Republicans – there are so few left it seems they are already extinct – and that is a real shame because a lot of good came out of the moderate/liberal Republicans in the past.

    However, Joe Sestak will represent the Democrats in a way Specter could not. The people of Pennsylvania will have a clear choice in November not muddied by the past.

    May 19, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Dar

    Now that Odumbo has sealed the fate for Specter he has to make the suck up move to Sestak. Classic move Odumbo, just classic.
    Your so not my hero, your a zero.

    May 19, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Roger

    A omplete reversal once again by Obama. If Sestak is smart he will distant himself from the dancing................ in Washington, D.C. Obama you are history!!!

    May 19, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Mike

    nobamby threw the reverend wright under the bus, then threw spectre under the bus and he will throw anyone under the bus once they cannot help him anymore. This election year of 2010 will be a vote against liberals and any Republican who votes for bail outs or the liberals big spending bills.

    May 19, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    We need to get rid of all the people on watch that had a blind eye on wall street while they destroyd our economy none of them did there job to keep the theive's in line .

    May 19, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Ancient Texan

    The "People" are not quite through speaking and letting their voice finally be heard on this subject. The final statement by the voters will be heard on November 3 and I suspect this preliminary winner will not be in the winners' circle.

    May 19, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. obama victim

    Barry takes another shot

    May 19, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Paul from Phoenix

    "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.'"

    Just like Obama was there for Spector. THat means if it looks like you might lose, Obama won't be anywhere in sight. Just ask Creigh Deeds about that.

    May 19, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. DYLANSDADDY

    Specter is a looser that was only looking out for himself. Toomey will beat Sestak (especially if Obama supports him) and give another senate seat back to the republicans.

    May 19, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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