August 23rd, 2010
01:21 PM ET
13 years ago

Republican Hagel backs Sestak in PA Senate race

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Joe Sestak is picking up the endorsement of former Sen. Chuck Hagel."]Washington (CNN) – Rep. Joe Sestak, the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee, is picking up an endorsement from an unlikely source: a former Republican senator from the state of Nebraska.

Chuck Hagel, a former two-term Republican senator, will announce his endorsement of Sestak on Tuesday, Sestak spokesman Jonathon Dworkin confirmed to CNN.

Hagel, who did not seek reelection in 2008 and was rumored to be a candidate for several top White House jobs after choosing not to seek the Republican presidential nomination, will announce his endorsement at two events scheduled for Tuesday in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

At Tuesday's events, Hagel is expected to "speak about Joe's independence and focus on doing what's right not for Wall Street or Washington special interests but for Pennsylvania's working families," the Sestak campaign said in a statement.

Both Hagel and Sestak served in the military. Hagel was twice wounded in Vietnam, and Sestak, a three-star Admiral, is the highest-ranking military officer ever elected to Congress.

Hagel is not the first moderate to endorse Sestak. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed the Pennsylvania congressman earlier this month.

Sestak and his Republican opponent Pat Toomey are locked in a tight battle for the Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Arlen Specter. Sestak topped Specter in the Democratic primary.

Filed under: 2010 • Chuck Hagel • Joe Sestak • Pennsylvania
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. ALH

    I have always been a fan of Chuck Hagel and wished he had run for President. I guess we know why he didn't run you can't please all the crazies in the Republican Party to get the nomination!

    August 23, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Scot

    Thanks Chuck for bucking the obstructionist party and going after some of the independant thinkers. We understand the reasons why you left the GOP and hope some of the others will follow suit. While I do no beleive in the radical sides of both parties that the media likes to play up, we need to see more common sence individuals out there like you.

    August 23, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Great!!

    I have been a "true" conservative all of my adult life. I have endured
    many years of political "sound bytes". Like most Americans I have come to assume that "everyone" is lying in order to get my vote.
    BUT, one thing is certain. Any politician that does not appear to understand "working men and women" and his importance to this once great country will never get my vote. Good for Hagel.

    August 23, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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