October 25th, 2010
11:01 PM ET
12 years ago

In Toomey versus Sestak it's O'Donnell versus Pelosi

Philadelphia (CNN) - The contrast in Pennsylvania has come down to comparisons. Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey is accusing his Democratic opponent, Congressman Joe Sestak of being a rubber stamp for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Sestak responds that Toomey, a former Congressman himself, has also voted with Pelosi in his career. "He's such a San Francisco liberal," Sestak laughed.

Toomey has seen his sizable lead in the polls vanish in recent weeks. Now Sestak is trying a comparison of his own, tying Toomey to Republican Christine O'Donnell who's running for the Senate in neighboring Delaware. Sestak points out Toomey and O'Donnell have both spoken at Tea Party rallies.

"It's not a comparison with her as a person but on the policies, absolutely. They want to privatize social security. That's pretty extreme," Sestak said.

Toomey, who picked up the endorsement of Sarah Palin last week, points out he also has the backing of two GOP moderates.

"I'm also delighted to have the support of Rudy Giuliani and Tom Ridge," Toomey said.

Sestak is also touting his independence. When asked whether he would vote for Harry Reid to remain as Majority Leader in a Democratic-controlled Senate, Sestak said, "I'm going to look at who's going to be the nominees and pick the right one." He declined to say whether Pelosi should stay on as Speaker, saying he sacrificed his House seat to run for the Senate.

The retired Admiral turned politician conceded Democrats have come up short in fixing the economy. "You know what? The party didn't do it all right," Sestak said.

Toomey is also honest about his party's short-comings on a key issue that drives the Tea Party. He acknowledged that during his years in Congress, Republicans ran up the deficit as well.

"Republicans didn't do as good a job as they should have. But this Republican was working hard to get spending under control and that's what I'll do in the Senate," Toomey said.

Filed under: 2010 • Joe Sestak • Pat Toomey • Pennsylvania
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Concerned Voter

    Democrats would be foolish not to associate the likes of O'Donnell and Palin as the faces of the Tea Party, "witch" is basically what they are. That would scare any moderate or Independent.

    October 25, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. gg

    Toomey is a hard core reactionary who's far right policies will cause our country irreparable damage.

    October 25, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  3. marty

    sestak better watch out with using odonnell. Odonnell is now only 6% behind in private polling.

    October 25, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. use the brain

    Sestak is an Pelosi/Obama rubber stamp. If Holder was an honest man, he'd have already investigated Bill Clinton and the Obama White House for corruption and bribery.

    Vote for Toomey. He's better anyway.

    October 26, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  5. Big Day

    Why is Toomey pretending like he's gonna suddenly become a deficit watchdog when it was his party that skyrocketed the deficit in the first place? The people of PA are VERY aware of this & come November we're gonna show you just how much, Pat Toomey.

    October 26, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  6. Marry

    …have come up short in fixing the economy.
    Well now, the GOP has never done well with an economy FOR the middle class but great in creating deficits without any benefit for the economy! I don’t even want to imagine what an “economy” would have looked like under McCain/Palin! Is there a word for “US gone over the brink – worldwide crises – no existing economy at all”? Come to think of it – yes there are words: GOP/TP!

    October 26, 2010 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  7. Robert

    Read Toomey's political positions on abortion, social security, healthcare, gay marriage, guns. His positions are exactly the same as those of O'Donnell, only that he is slightly more knowledgeable and respectable.

    October 26, 2010 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  8. barry

    Can't wait till Sestak and Obama get investigated over Obama and bribes to drop out of Primary. It's coming soon. Just a few more days and justice begins.

    October 26, 2010 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  9. stormerF

    Anyone who voted for the Healthcare bill and Stimulis needs to go. Just for not reading the bills and having the idea that they know what is better for the American Tax Payers than the American Tax Payers.Makes one sick to look at the wasteful pork in the so called stimulis bill.

    October 26, 2010 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  10. King

    History will remember pelocy as the most powerful and most successful speaker in the history of the congress and because the she championed the cause of the middle class and the poor who are the customers who spend money and creats jobs in our economy the repugs, rich and powerful hates her and spew smear tactics to the forgetful and the ignorant people in our society.

    October 26, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |