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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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September 22, 2016 | By John Baer
PAT TOOMEY, in terms of a national voting trend, is in a bad place at a bad time. The place is Pennsylvania. The time is now. The reason it's bad for the first-term senator is a dramatic drop in ticket-splitting all across the nation. The trend is perhaps more problematic for Toomey than his dancing around Donald Trump (of whom he's critical but not dismissive), or dealing with Democrat Katie McGinty, who's vying to become the state's first female senator in a year the nation could well elect its first female president.
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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.
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September 22, 2016 | By John Baer
PAT TOOMEY, in terms of a national voting trend, is in a bad place at a bad time. The place is Pennsylvania. The time is now. The reason it's bad for the first-term senator is a dramatic drop in ticket-splitting all across the nation. The trend is perhaps more problematic for Toomey than his dancing around Donald Trump (of whom he's critical but not dismissive), or dealing with Democrat Katie McGinty, who's vying to become the state's first female senator in a year the nation could well elect its first female president.
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September 19, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Pat Toomey's firm fiscal principles made him a darling of the right in his 2010 U.S. Senate victory and quickly raised his profile in Washington. But as he seeks a second term this fall, his economic views have also opened him to attack. Democratic challenger Katie McGinty spent last week blasting Toomey for his opposition to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency that fined Wells Fargo $100 million for a scam affecting some two million consumer accounts.
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September 14, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
As election season kicked into full swing last week, Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) came out of the gates with a news conference attacking his rival over taxes. The first question from reporters? One asking whether he would support Donald Trump. Toomey held to the delicate position he has maintained for months: He hopes to support the GOP presidential nominee, but is "waiting to be persuaded. " Hit with more questions, a seemingly irritated Toomey said: "I'm not here to talk about someone else's campaign.
NEWS
September 13, 2016
How are you enjoying the Pat Toomey vs. Katie McGinty Senate race thus far? Not into it? Really? Not following the back-and-forth pies in the face? Come on. It's American politics in action. If you have a TV or just passing interest you know Republican Toomey is a right-wing Wall Streeter and NRA toady, while Democrat McGinty is an elitist liberal who thinks lots of Pennsylvanians are stupid. Nice choice, eh? Reminiscent of the top of the ticket? But Toomey is no Trump; agree with him or not, he actually knows stuff and, unlike the Donald, runs a good campaign.
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September 11, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, STAFF WRITER
Before a cheering crowd in Philadelphia on Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) campaigned alongside a would-be colleague, Senate candidate Katie McGinty. Also promoting Hillary Clinton, who was not present but whose campaign coordinated the event, Warren said McGinty would fight for the average citizen, work against Wall Street, protect women's rights, and support affordable higher education. "The game is rigged, the GOP rigged it, and that's why Katie McGinty and Hillary Clinton and I are going to work to unrig it," Warren said.
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September 8, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, STAFF WRITER
The Keystone State's candidates for the U.S. Senate fired volleys at each other Tuesday at campaign events on opposite sides of Philadelphia. As a start to her fall campaign, Katie McGinty rallied at a labor hall with union workers and top Democrats, talking about creating equal pay and investing in education. "It's time for Pennsylvania to have a strong voice," said the 53-year-old former chief of staff to Gov. Wolf. She also sought to link her Republican opponent, Sen. Pat Toomey, with presidential nominee Donald Trump.
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August 26, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel, Staff Writer
Picking up the backing of the gun-control group CeaseFirePA in a war of endorsements, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Katie McGinty pledged Wednesday to work with Pennsylvania sportsmen and hunters on gun measures if she is elected. McGinty said her Republican rival, Sen. Pat Toomey, views gun control "as a political calculation, as compared to a matter of principle," and slammed him for not acting on gun measures since he and Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) cosponsored a failed bill for background checks in 2013.
NEWS
August 24, 2016
I SAW SOMETHING this week I'd not seen before. Katie McGinty offered a glimpse of being a genuine, thoughtful human being. I'm not suggesting she isn't. I'm noting she normally doesn't give evidence of same in public. This time she did. It came after an address Monday to the Pennsylvania Press Club, when she was asked whether, if elected, she'd support annual increases in government spending for cancer research. A softball question, granted. Of course she would. But McGinty, a Democrat seeking to oust Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in an election with national implications, showed more of herself in her short response than at any point in her just-concluded, read-from, long-winded presentation.
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August 19, 2016 | By Jonathan Tamari, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In a stark reversal, Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) said Wednesday that he would oppose a major international trade deal whose prospects he once hailed, changing course as he faces a tough reelection and simmering voter anger against such pacts. Toomey, a staunch free-market conservative, has promoted the benefits of international trade, and voted last year for a measure seen as crucial to completing the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations.
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