Politics & Policy

Keystone Monday Roundup

Senate

  • The Toomey-Sestak race continues to fluctuate in the polls. Toomey has recently led in polls by Quinnipiac and Muhlenberg/Morning Call, and could be starting to build up his lead once more, according to today’s numbers. The Toomey campaign, for its part, will be “staying the course” and not altering its message to voters despite increasingly jittery supporters worried about a closer race.

  • Rudy Giuliani, “America’s Mayor,” came to the Main Line outside of Philadelphia on Friday to endorse Pat Toomey. In this play to centrist voters, the Giuliani appearance could help win over moderates in the final days before Nov. 2. Giuliani condemns the policies of Toomey’s opponent, saying he and Democrats want to transform America to “one of those European socialist democracies.”

  • Pat Toomey and Joe Sestak got together for their second and final debate on Friday, and sparks flew as the two men aggressively sought to characterize one another as too extreme for Pennsylvania. 

  • Jon Ward at The Daily Caller writes on the need for Republicans to win Pennsylvania — along with at least two other critical senate races — in order to win both houses of Congress.

  • Joe Sestak appeared on Chris Matthews’s show last week. Sestak was in Northeast Philadelphia at Temple University. Sestak slammed Toomey over manufacturing policy, his “scary” book, outsourcing, and Sarah Palin. Sestak also hits Toomey over a Dick Armey comment Battle ‘10 originally reported. The video is below:

Gubernatorial

  • Tom Corbett is warning supporters against complacency in the closing days of the campaign. Noting polls showing the race tightening — very slightly — in his race against Democrat Dan Onorato, Corbett told supporters in a weekend rally that he “expected” the tightening, but not to be deterred. 

  • Chris Freind, an investigative reporter in Philadelphia, writes in Philly Magazine that the city could be the next Greece. Freind explains why Mayor Nutter is reviled, and how the city could be a major problem for the next governor as it grows increasingly insolvent. “Whenever a government official admits something isn’t good,” writes Freind, “the reality is always worse.”

  • Tom Corbett was profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday, which described the man as a product of a “traditional” town in western Pennsylvania. It notes Corbett would be the oldest new governor since 1946.

Congressional

  • PA-8 — Politico reports on the race between Mike Fitzpatrick and incumbent Patrick Murphy in southeastern Pennsylvania that has become a toss up. Murphy, a “rising star” among Democrats, is a target of the NRCC and the race is seen as a bellwether for the GOP on Election Night.

  • PA-10 — Former President Bill Clinton will be coming to make a brief campaign appearance for embattled incumbent Paul Kanjorski. Kanjorski is locked in a tight race against Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta.

  • PA-11 — Chris Carney, Democrat incumbent, has picked up the endorsement of the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader in his dead heat race against Tom Marino. “He is a voice from the middle,” the endorsement declares. Marino, a former U.S. attorney and acquaintance of Gov. Chris Christie, has not run a very competitive race, but is tied nonetheless.

  • PA-8 — LGBT leaders appear together in a short, two-minute video on why they support Patrick Murphy. Murphy, the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress, gets their support for working to repeal the ban on gays in the military. Video below:

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