Toomey to challenge Specter for seat?

Toomey to challenge Specter for seat?

There are 11 comments on the The Morning Call story from Mar 6, 2009, titled Toomey to challenge Specter for seat?. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A decision to run would be an abrupt one, considering that only six weeks ago Toomey was looking toward a possible run for governor next year and had told friends he would not be jumping into the Senate race.

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Jinny

United States

#1 Mar 6, 2009
After writing two letters discouraging Specter from voting for the bail out...I will sure be studying Toomey. I knew Casey and Specter were going to vote for the bail out. After partying hardy at the white house during the super bowl party with Barack what else could they do?
Common Sense

United States

#2 Mar 6, 2009
Mr. Toomey is an excellent candidate and was an excellent representative. His views generally match my personal views very well, and I would support him enthusiastically in any election.

The problem with Toomey is that his positions are well to the right of the where the average Pennsylvania voter is right now, and this difference is probably big enough that I don't think he has a chance to be elected to a Senate seat in the present political environment. However, if Obama keeps leading the government to the far left and, as a result his popularity keeps dropping like a rock, the political climate may be perfect for a candidate such as Toomey by the time the general election rolls around in Nov. 2010.
ForSure

Bethlehem, PA

#3 Mar 6, 2009
First of all what is with the statement "If Obama's popularity keeps dropping like a rock"? Don't you read the papper or watch the news? Even the UNFAIR and UNBALANCED Fox News polls have his popularity higher than any previous president since JFK and each time Rush opens his mouth, it goes higher!
As for Toomey. You are correct! His views are so far to the right and controversal that if he did beat Spector in a primamry he would get hardily trounced in a general election. But I for one will switch my party designation just so I can vote for Specter who represents the majority view in Pa.. We don't need a neo-con in Washington who would do nothing for Pa. as a minority Senator with outlandish views.
Common Sense wrote:
Mr. Toomey is an excellent candidate and was an excellent representative. His views generally match my personal views very well, and I would support him enthusiastically in any election.
The problem with Toomey is that his positions are well to the right of the where the average Pennsylvania voter is right now, and this difference is probably big enough that I don't think he has a chance to be elected to a Senate seat in the present political environment. However, if Obama keeps leading the government to the far left and, as a result his popularity keeps dropping like a rock, the political climate may be perfect for a candidate such as Toomey by the time the general election rolls around in Nov. 2010.
good grief

Lake Mary, FL

#4 Mar 6, 2009
Toomey a New England carpetbagger,political twin of Santorum wants to run against Specter again. Maybe he wants to be a GOP Orloski.

“BETHLEHEM STAND UP ”

Since: Feb 07

HARLEM USA

#5 Mar 6, 2009
I don't think Toomey will beat Specter. Mr. specter has shown me that he can be bi-partisan when the people of this country depend on our elected leaders to work together and get sometheing done fast. If I have to vote for a Rep best believe it's gonna be Specter.
Common Sense

United States

#6 Mar 6, 2009
ForSure wrote:
First of all what is with the statement "If Obama's popularity keeps dropping like a rock"? Don't you read the papper or watch the news? Even the UNFAIR and UNBALANCED Fox News polls have his popularity higher than any previous president since JFK and each time Rush opens his mouth, it goes higher!
As for Toomey. You are correct! His views are so far to the right and controversal that if he did beat Spector in a primamry he would get hardily trounced in a general election. But I for one will switch my party designation just so I can vote for Specter who represents the majority view in Pa.. We don't need a neo-con in Washington who would do nothing for Pa. as a minority Senator with outlandish views.
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I could pull out numerous sources on the Obama rating. I'll cite Gallup Polling, as reported today on usatoday.com ...

"President Obama ends the week with his approval rating at 62%, vs. 67% a week ago, Gallup just reported. The percentage of those polled who "disapprove" of the job he's doing stands at 28%, up from 21% at this time last week."

The same trend has been reported in just about every poll taken. Obama started with historic high ratings, but these are steadily decaying (favorability down 20% in a month and a half on the job) as the American people realize just what kind of leader they have in the White House, and what he stands for.

Now, as a realist, I know as well as you do that these numbers were never going to remain as high as they were, but even Obama's biggest shills have got to be worried to see this rate of decline.

I predicted within days of the election that Obama would be a one term president, with record low approval ratings if he chose to impose a far-left agenda on the country. So far, the numbers are certainly trending towards supporting my prediction, and this is an undeniable fact. Where they go from here will depend on whether Obama continues to try everything he can do to redistribute wealth from those who actually work for a living to those who are looking for handouts.
ForSure

Bethlehem, PA

#7 Mar 6, 2009
What you fail to mention is that his poll numbers have seesawed between 3-7 points ever since he has taken office, and so far has not drooped below 61%! And as a person who WORKS for a living, making 45-55k, I don't look at the government finally giving the middle class a tax break after 8 years of the wealthy getting break after break(those who make over $200k) as wealth distribution...QUITE SIMPLY..tax fairness FINALLY!
Common Sense wrote:
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I could pull out numerous sources on the Obama rating. I'll cite Gallup Polling, as reported today on usatoday.com ...
"President Obama ends the week with his approval rating at 62%, vs. 67% a week ago, Gallup just reported. The percentage of those polled who "disapprove" of the job he's doing stands at 28%, up from 21% at this time last week."
The same trend has been reported in just about every poll taken. Obama started with historic high ratings, but these are steadily decaying (favorability down 20% in a month and a half on the job) as the American people realize just what kind of leader they have in the White House, and what he stands for.
Now, as a realist, I know as well as you do that these numbers were never going to remain as high as they were, but even Obama's biggest shills have got to be worried to see this rate of decline.
I predicted within days of the election that Obama would be a one term president, with record low approval ratings if he chose to impose a far-left agenda on the country. So far, the numbers are certainly trending towards supporting my prediction, and this is an undeniable fact. Where they go from here will depend on whether Obama continues to try everything he can do to redistribute wealth from those who actually work for a living to those who are looking for handouts.
Middleman

United States

#8 Mar 6, 2009
Toomey would be a perfect VP candidate with Palin in 2012 - they love to rile up the radical wacky right. Go ahead, run against Specter and give the Dems another Senate seat when his brand of politics get beat in the general election. Idiots.
Middleman

United States

#9 Mar 6, 2009
ForSure - his numbers have dropped among the the Republicans who previously were undecided and now they're against him. All that listening to Rush has had it's intended effect. But for Democrats and Independents his numbers remain solid.
Wydok

Salfordville, PA

#10 Mar 6, 2009
Yeah, that worked so well in 2004
Common Sense

United States

#11 Mar 9, 2009
ForSure wrote:
What you fail to mention is that his poll numbers have seesawed between 3-7 points ever since he has taken office, and so far has not drooped below 61%! And as a person who WORKS for a living, making 45-55k, I don't look at the government finally giving the middle class a tax break after 8 years of the wealthy getting break after break(those who make over $200k) as wealth distribution...QUITE SIMPLY..tax fairness FINALLY!
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Thanks for proving that partisans on both sides can be blind to their weaknesses. I seem to remember Republicans having the same conversations when Bush's post 9/11 sky high approval numbers started crashing to Earth in his first term, and again when his mediocre popularity levels started dropping to record lows in his second term. They managed to convince themselves that the issue was polling anomalies, and conveniently ignore the fact that there was a clear trend line downward.

Again - I realize that no President's popularity is ever going to remain in the 80% range (80%-82%, according to several polls taken around the inauguration), but a poll drop of 20% in six weeks is worrisome for any politician.

Also, do you have any idea what you are talking about regarding taxes? Obama's great tax cut for the working middle class consists of $13/week, if you define the middle class as those making over the poverty level. His real "tax breaks" have been for the working poor who were already not paying any income taxes. This is just another form of welfare. The Bush tax cuts were large decreases in tax rates given to all workers (yes, including the rich who pay most of the taxes in this country).

You can argue in favor of Obama's tax policy and make a case (that I don't agree with) that redistribution of wealth is a worthy goal for tax policy. You cannot, however, argue that Obama's tax cuts for the middle class were anywhere near as large as those under President Bush.

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