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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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May 12, 2016 | By John Baer
ANYONE WHO'S ever straddled anything knows that during a straddle, one is in an exposed, precarious position. Don't make me spell it out. Just picture it. So it's curious and telling that Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, already facing what the political world sees as a danger-filled reelection bid, stands splayed on a couple key issues. First, there's The Donald. Toomey backed Marco Rubio, voted for Ted Cruz, and now is "inclined" to support Trump for president. But boy, is he straddling that inclination.
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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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July 6, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - On April 17, 2013, Sen. Pat Toomey stood at the center of the wrenching national debate on guns. That day, the Pennsylvania Republican's bill to expand background checks for firearm purchases, written in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., fell six votes short of advancing. It remains the closest a new gun law has come to clearing the Senate in recent times, and won Toomey widespread praise, including from President Obama, who hailed his courage.
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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 28, 2016 | By John Baer
GET READY for a he said/she said Senate race. Get set for some gender politics - nationally, and doubly so in Pennsylvania. Katie McGinty's victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary sets the stage for a pitch to make history twice: make Hillary Clinton the nation's first woman president; make McGinty the state's first woman senator. Oh, it might not be overt; gotta walk softly when suggesting folks vote for women solely because they're women. But it'll be coordinated (McGinty once worked for Bill Clinton)
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July 6, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - On April 17, 2013, Sen. Pat Toomey stood at the center of the wrenching national debate on guns. That day, the Pennsylvania Republican's bill to expand background checks for firearm purchases, written in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., fell six votes short of advancing. It remains the closest a new gun law has come to clearing the Senate in recent times, and won Toomey widespread praise, including from President Obama, who hailed his courage.
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June 23, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 GOP must dump Trump now As a Republican, I urge Pennsylvania's Republican leaders to openly renounce Donald Trump's candidacy to become the party's nominee for president. Trump isn't a broad-thinking leader and lacks a historical understanding of America. He speaks crudely of others, brags incessantly about himself, shows disdain for facts, fails to articulate coherent positions, and has an unsavory business background. Trump is a demagogue who debases civic dialogue.
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June 21, 2016 | By John Baer
SO NOW we have renewed focus on gun laws, a flurry of activity in Congress and national attention on Pat Toomey. Oh, and with Toomey in a serious re-election challenge, charges from opponent Katie McGinty that Toomey's on the wrong side of guns and/or pandering to make it look as if he's on the right side of guns - whatever that might be. Anyway, GOP Sen. Toomey's in the eye of the storm as the Senate's expected to take up gun measures he...
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June 15, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A day after the deadliest shooting in U.S. history, Democrats challenged Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) to take a stronger stand on gun laws, aiming to undercut one of his prime arguments for reelection. His Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, hammered Toomey for voting last year to block a bill that would have barred suspected terrorists from buying guns. And Senate Democrats vowed to bring the politically charged measure back for another vote. "Pat Toomey has worked to allow suspected terrorists to buy guns in this country, and that is just an outrageous position," said McGinty, who is challenging Toomey in one of the country's most critical Senate races.
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June 14, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
The trendy takeaway from a Public Policy Polling survey last week was that Pennsylvania voters see the Phillie Phanatic as more presidential than Donald Trump. You can see why the Phanatic is up on Trump by 6 percentage points. Both are frenetic performers with unnaturally hued complexions. The Phanatic, however, has a hot dog cannon at his disposal. Tough to beat that. Deeper in the poll was something more interesting about the state of Pennsylvania's race for the U.S. Senate, and the self-inflicted Republican wound that may haunt Pat Toomey's bid for a second term.
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May 12, 2016 | By John Baer
ANYONE WHO'S ever straddled anything knows that during a straddle, one is in an exposed, precarious position. Don't make me spell it out. Just picture it. So it's curious and telling that Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, already facing what the political world sees as a danger-filled reelection bid, stands splayed on a couple key issues. First, there's The Donald. Toomey backed Marco Rubio, voted for Ted Cruz, and now is "inclined" to support Trump for president. But boy, is he straddling that inclination.
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May 11, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) attacked Democratic challenger Katie McGinty over Philadelphia's "sanctuary city" status Monday, pivoting to local issues after a week when most attention - including some of his own - focused on Donald Trump. In an op-ed piece in Sunday's Inquirer, Toomey said he was "inclined" to support the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but raised concerns about Trump, whose divisiveness is casting a shadow over GOP politics and his own reelection bid. By Monday, however, Toomey had turned to a flash point in the immigration debate, criticizing so-called sanctuary cities that cut off or limit cooperation between local police and federal authorities on immigration matters.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Maddie Hanna, and Aubrey Whelan, STAFF WRITERS
Katie McGinty won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, beating Joe Sestak with a late surge fueled by millions of dollars and high-profile party support from Washington. With nearly three-quarters of the vote counted, McGinty held a double-digit lead over Sestak, a margin far larger than many pollsters and insiders predicted. Braddock Mayor John Fetterman had a big showing in his home county, Allegheny, but finished third. McGinty's win was a victory for the Democratic establishment, whose endorsements and spending elevated a candidate with deep party roots but who had never won an election and had lagged in polls until the primary's final stretch.
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By John Baer
GET READY for a he said/she said Senate race. Get set for some gender politics - nationally, and doubly so in Pennsylvania. Katie McGinty's victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary sets the stage for a pitch to make history twice: make Hillary Clinton the nation's first woman president; make McGinty the state's first woman senator. Oh, it might not be overt; gotta walk softly when suggesting folks vote for women solely because they're women. But it'll be coordinated (McGinty once worked for Bill Clinton)
NEWS
April 25, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Rendell & Co. set sights on Sestak Remember when Ed Rendell's good friend and neighbor, Sen. Arlen Specter, switched to the Democratic Party to avoid another primary contest with Pat Toomey in 2010? And how distressed then-Gov. Rendell and the rest of the Democratic establishment were when that upstart congressman, Joe Sestak, defeated Specter in the Democratic primary? Now, in what could be called Rendell's Revenge, the party bigwigs have thrown their support behind a lackluster candidate, Katie McGinty, who placed last in a field of four in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary ("McGinty the best Democrat for Senate seat," Monday)
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