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Keith Rothfus’s ‘Battle for Rural Pennsylvania’

Keith Rothfus is challenging Democrat Rep. Jason Altmire in Pennsylvania’ 4th congressional district. Battle ‘10 has covered Altmire’s strategic pivoting on Nancy Pelosi and Obamacare, and has spoken with Rothfus — a longtime Toomey supporter — about his race.

NR’s Robert Costa profiled Rothfus in-depth yesterday in a piece worth reading if you’re looking to get a grasp on the “great middle” of Pennsylania, and how their votes could make Election Night especially good for Republicans:

Laus scowls at the mention of Obama. The stimulus and the health-care bill, he says, have done little for Pennsylvania’s steel country. “I don’t like the GOP, but I really don’t like what the Democrats are doing,” he explains, his rough hands clasped. Even though his congressman, two-term Democrat Jason Altmire, voted against Obamacare and has voiced his opposition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Laus wants to “throw him out.” He wants to elect somebody, anybody, who’s going to “repeal that bill” and cut taxes.

And as Battle ‘10 wrote in covering Rothfus last week:

Jason Altmire “voted for the stimulus, [was] for card check, voted for auto bailouts, [and] voted for raising trillion dollar debt ceilings,” charged Rothfus, “and he’s said he wouldn’t alter much of that agenda.”

In other words, with exactly what part of Speaker Pelosi’s agenda did Altmire disagree?

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