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April 15, 2012 | Kevin Ferris
In 2004, even many Republicans thought Pat Toomey was too extreme for the U.S. Senate. Toomey was a little-known, fiscally conservative congressman from Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley taking on moderate Arlen Specter, who was seeking a fifth term. Yet the challenger almost won that Republican primary. Only strong backing from President George W. Bush and Senate colleague Rick Santorum saved Specter. Six years later, Toomey's call for a rematch scared Specter right out of the GOP. And still there were Republicans hoping for someone more "electable," such as moderate Tom Ridge, the former governor and Homeland Security director.
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April 23, 2004 | By State Reps. TERESA FORCIER, DENNIS LEH, DARYL METCALFE & SAMUEL ROHRER
ON TUESDAY, state Republicans have a very important choice between Rep. Pat Toomey and liberal incumbent Arlen Specter for the U.S. Senate. This will be the most closely watched Senate race in America. The fact that it will be very close is affirmed by Sen. Specter's wave of negative commercials in an effort to cloud the facts. We strongly encourage Republican voters not to be beguiled by the smoke and mirrors in Sen. Specter's ads, but to look at the records he and Rep. Toomey have compiled during their tenures in Washington.
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July 9, 2015
PAT TOOMEY'S Running a TV ad in Philly about fighting child predators. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is running a TV ad for Toomey, "a true leader fighting for Pennsylvania. " Toomey just wrote an Inquirer opinion piece pushing his child-protection bill. It's a kidz-&-biz tour; the start of the freshman Republican senator's run for re-election - next year. But Toomey's not talking about it. He declined an interview. His campaign says he's focused on his legislation.
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April 2, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Pat Toomey isn't named in the latest Quinnipiac Poll, but Pennsylvania's Republican senator probably likes it anyway. The poll, out Tuesday, showed Hillary Rodham Clinton's numbers sinking in Pennsylvania - a trend that could affect Toomey's 2016 reelection bid. The poll showed a sharp drop in Pennsylvanians' approval of Clinton, the Democrats' presidential front-runner in waiting. Her favorability stood at 48-47, according to the poll, down from 55-38 on Feb. 3. And her lead in the commonwealth has narrowed in head-to-head matchups against Republican hopefuls like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie.
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November 4, 2010 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
Those numbers from Philadelphia did not look good at all, and a ripple of alarm went through the war room late Tuesday. More Democrats than forecast had turned out to vote in the city, so aides to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey reworked their spreadsheets, looking for the path to victory. At 10 p.m., Democrat Joe Sestak was holding a sizable lead in the closely watched contest - until, bit by bit, Republican areas reported in with better margins than the Toomey team could have hoped.
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November 5, 2014 | By Chris Brennan
WE CALL IT the Daily News hot seat - a table at the Famous 4th Street Deli where Clout asks the city's politicians three questions each Election Day. The questions for yesterday's general-election crowd were: * Who will be the next mayor of Philadelphia? * Who will be the Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey in 2016? * And will U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah be seeking a 12th term in the U.S. House in two years or fighting a federal indictment? Yes, we save the zinger for our final question.
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April 9, 2004 | By Patrick Kerkstra INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the late 1970s, when inflation was rampant and memories of Watergate and the Vietnam War were still raw, Pat Toomey spent part of each school day in a high school history classroom quietly seething. It was the teacher who got under his skin. Too many lectures were about capitalism's failings, corruption in Washington, or how America was no better than the Soviet Union. None of it squared with Toomey's patriotic take on U.S. history or his budding conservative ideology. "I felt we were a great, great country, a great civilization," said Toomey, 42, who has represented the Lehigh Valley and parts of Montgomery County in the House of Representatives since 1999.
NEWS
April 15, 2013
Bipartisanship in Washington? A3. The case for wider background checks. Sen. Pat Toomey, D1. Gun deal passes for progress. Editorial, D4.
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April 26, 2004
HARD-RIGHT Republicans are pushing loony conservative Pat Toomey, hoping to make an example of Sen. Arlen Specter. But dislodging a four-term senator because he has not always toed the ultra-conservative line would mean even fewer moderates in the party than the tiny remnant that remains. That would be a disaster for everyone, including Republicans.
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April 27, 2004
HARD-RIGHT Republicans are pushing loony conservative Pat Toomey, hoping to make an example of Sen. Arlen Specter. But dislodging a four-term senator because he has not always toed the ultra-conservative line would mean even fewer moderates in the party than the tiny remnant that remains. That would be a disaster for everyone, including Republicans.
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February 2, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - The three Democrats running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania emphasized the foundations of their views Sunday in the first joint appearance of a critical race. In a forum hosted by a Pittsburgh-based Democratic group, former admiral and congressman Joe Sestak laced his answers with Navy anecdotes. Katie McGinty, former chief of staff to Gov. Wolf, talked up her middle-class upbringing as the daughter of a Philadelphia policeman and a restaurant hostess. And Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman explained that he has seen vast inequality, growing up in a prosperous family and now leading a borough hit by economic decline.
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February 1, 2016 | VOTERAMA IN CONGRESS
WASHINGTON - The House was in recess last week. Here is how Philadelphia-area senators voted on major issues: Senate Boost for nuclear energy. Voting 87-4, the Senate on Thursday expanded the role of nuclear power in a wide-ranging energy bill (S 2012) that remained in debate. In part, the amendment directs the Department of Energy to establish a "national innovation center" at which the government and private sector would jointly develop advanced technologies for nuclear reactors.
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January 28, 2016
AN A year when politics is a bucketful of crazy thrown against a wall, it's hard to predict what sticks or falls. The leading GOP candidate for president, Donald Trump, makes headway by calling his nearest rival, Ted Cruz, a Canadian citizen and "nasty. " The top Democrat, Hillary Clinton, fights off contentions she committed a crime with state secrets on private email, while also fighting off socialist Bernie Sanders. Who knows how the top of these tickets play out by spring?
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January 5, 2016
A NEW YEAR in state politics begins, all too fittingly, with no resolutions. No resolution to the festering fiasco of the state budget process. No resolution to lingering lunacy surrounding Kathleen Kane. No resolution to fixing one of the most corrupt and worst run states in America. Instead we start with questions. Can the powers that be, such as they are, shake off a year of landmark failure in governing and public service? Does the year of no budget become another year of no budget?
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December 15, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
NEW YORK - Pennsylvania's simmering race for U.S. Senate came to Manhattan over the weekend. But even with three of the four candidates on hand for the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering, the weekend's big headliner - Donald Trump - cast a shadow. Among many commonwealth Republicans, there was an undercurrent of concern that if Trump leads their presidential ticket next year, he could devastate GOP Sen. Pat Toomey's chances of winning a reelection fight that could help decide control of the Senate.
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December 10, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - If one day could crystallize the budding U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania, it may have come Tuesday. In Philadelphia, candidate Katie McGinty embraced more support from the Democratic establishment, racking up endorsements from Mayor Nutter, the city controller, and eight City Council members. Her chief rival, Joe Sestak, planned policy events on housing laws and the fight against ISIS, while a third Democrat, Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, reinforced his maverick image with a one-sentence headline-grabbing campaign announcement: "Donald Trump is a jagoff.
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December 8, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - For the Pennsylvania political class preparing to engorge on food, drink and gossip at Saturday's annual Pennsylvania Society gathering in New York, the political buffet offers many options. Several high-profile primary races, including for two Congressional seats and maybe the attorney general's office, loom in what promises to be a rollicking election year. But the big headliner is Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race, among the most closely watched in the country, and featuring a three-way Democratic primary in a contest that could help decide control of the Senate.
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