Pat Toomey announced this morning that he plans to challenge Arlen Specter for the U.S. Senate. In a statement, Toomey said:
“America is at a crossroads. We can continue down a path of massively expanding the federal government – which began under President Bush and is now growing at historic levels under President Obama – or we can change directions.
We can stop the bailouts and the spending stampede; we can reduce the burdens on taxpayers; and we can unlock the ingenuity and job creation potential of our great nation once again. I am running for the U.S. Senate because I believe the economic stakes for our country have never been higher. The people of Pennsylvania deserve the very best from their leaders in Washington – but that’s not what they are receiving…”
“For thirty years Senator Specter has consistently voted for increased government spending and a liberal agenda on social, labor, immigration and national security policies. In recent months, Senator Specter voted in favor of the unprecedented Wall Street and auto company bailouts and the massive “stimulus” spending bill. Senator Specter is on the wrong side of these critical issues and Pennsylvanians will pay the price.
If Pennsylvania’s senior senator stood up for taxpayers and job creation – instead of routinely voting against taxpayer interests – I would feel less compelled to run. Unfortunately, he does not.
Pennsylvanians deserve a voice in the U.S. Senate that will honor our values and fight for limited government, individual freedom and fiscal responsibility. I will be that voice.”