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ARDC hosts Sestak
Senatorial hopeful U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, D-7, was present at the Abington Rockledge Democratic Committee meeting Monday night to talk about his primary campaign against incumbent Arlen Specter.

“I never expected to run for Senate. But while I greatly respect Arlen Specter and his service to the state, I highly disagree with him,” Sestak said.

The meeting, which one committee member said had more than double its usual attendance, began with Sestak talking about why he wants to be the next junior senator for Pennsylvania.

“I decided to run because I absolutely believe that the House of Representatives and the Senate have forgotten for a period of time that the support has to be given for the working class in this country,” Sestak said.

He spoke out about repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that keeps gay and lesbian troops from serving openly in the military. Sestak, a retired 3-star Admiral in the Navy, said he knew from personal experience that the policy should be changed.

“On an aircraft carrier with 5,000 young men and women, with an average age of 19 and a half, I can tell you, they don’t care. The people they are serving with, their sexuality isn’t an issue,” he said.

U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-8, who made an unscheduled appearance at the meeting to take questions from constituents, agreed the policy should be revoked.

“These are people who would take a bullet, and give their lives for this country. And our country and our Congress has turned their back on them,” Murphy said.

During his speech, Sestak addressed numerous issues, including foreclosures, health insurance and the Democratic Party as a whole finding more ways to embrace and promote small business.

He talked about the Senate needing change to get these issues better addressed.

“It’s not America that needs reform; it’s the United States Senate. I believe we lack the courage of our convictions,” Sestak said.

Getting health care reform passed is a major platform for the congressman, which he called “not only a moral necessity but an economic requirement,” citing the fact that 66 percent of the uninsured are working, and that businesses lose hours of productivity from uninsured workers.

Running as the anti-establishment candidate for the Democrats, Sestak spoke about the lack of trust that citizens have in their government, and even in their party leadership.

“I feel the Democratic leadership thought we were given a mandate, but truly we were only given an opportunity to lead, and we need to reach across the aisle more to get things accomplished,” Sestak said.

“I won’t sacrifice good policy at the altar of bipartisanship.” In the polls, however, Sestak is behind both Specter and Republican frontrunner Patrick Toomey.

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party announced Feb. 6 that its endorsement was going to Specter. Among these challenges, however, Sestak continues to assert that he is the right man for the job.

“I’m different. I’m not better; I’m different. But that difference is what we need,” Sestak said.

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