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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:27 PM

 

Former congressman Joe Sestak enters 2020 White House race

Former congressman Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) announced Sunday that he is running for president, joining 23 earlier entrants in the presidential race.

Sestak made the announcement in a video posted to his campaign website.

“I’m Joe Sestak, and I wore the cloth of the nation for over 31 years in peace and war, from the Vietnam and Cold War eras to Afghanistan and Iraq and the emergence of China,” Sestak said in the video. “Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I grew up in this global canvas of service in the United States Navy.”https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=mysubs

Sestak served two terms in the House, from 2007 to 2011. A retired Navy admiral, he also pursued two unsuccessful bids for the Senate, each time drawing the ire of national Democrats, who chafed at Sestak’s go-it-alone style and quirky personality.

Sestak first drew national attention in 2010 when he waged a primary challenge against then-Sen. Arlen Specter, who had switched parties to run for reelection as a Democrat.

The Obama White House, in an effort to dissuade Sestak from running, dispatched former president Bill Clinton to offer Sestak an unpaid position on a presidential advisory board if he dropped out of the race. Sestak said no. He bested Specter in the primary and later lost to Republican Pat Toomey in the general election.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/former-congressman-joe-sestak-enters-2020-white-house-race/ar-AADiUd1?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=mailsignout
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Reply Former congressman Joe Sestak enters 2020 White House race (Original post)
mfcorey1 Jun 2019 OP
hlthe2b Jun 2019 #1
brooklynite Jun 2019 #17
The Velveteen Ocelot Jun 2019 #2
marylandblue Jun 2019 #12
sacto95834 Jun 2019 #21
Chin music Jun 2019 #3
Irishxs Jun 2019 #4
Chin music Jun 2019 #5
George II Jun 2019 #6
Skya Rhen Jun 2019 #8
Chin music Jun 2019 #15
JI7 Jun 2019 #7
trueblue2007 Jun 2019 #9
Louis1895 Jun 2019 #10
dsp3000 Jun 2019 #18
Jose Garcia Jun 2019 #19
question everything Jun 2019 #20
aikoaiko Jun 2019 #11
LiberalFighter Jun 2019 #13
empedocles Jun 2019 #14
SKKY Jun 2019 #16
sacto95834 Jun 2019 #22

Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:29 PM

1. So when is the absolute filing deadline to get on the ballot in all 50 states? Soon, I hope.

 

Sheesh...
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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:01 PM

17. Iowa doesn't have a registration deadline...

 

...it's a Caucus, and voters support whomever they want/
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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:29 PM

2. Jeez, who's next?

 

Please, you guys, just stop.
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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:13 PM

12. I will be announcing my run shortly.

 

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Response to marylandblue (Reply #12)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 01:10 PM

21. Please Do Maryland...

 

If you make it to the CA Primary, I'll vote for you
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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:32 PM

4. Oh Lordy! Where does this end?

 

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Response to Chin music (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:46 PM

6. I'm announcing tomorrow.

 

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Response to George II (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:52 PM

8. lol...

 

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:48 PM

7. this is turning into a "LOOK AT ME" thing

 

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 04:55 PM

9. WHO IS HE??? never heard of him before.

 

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:06 PM

10. How I view so many candidates in the race

 

It is overwhelming how many people are running for the Democratic nomination for President!

However, I am trying to take a long view. Most of the people running are far better than any of the candidates the Republicans put forth last election. I could live with all of the candidates I know something about and would campaign strongly for the final nominee.

Joe Sestak used to be my Congressman and I have a lot of respect for him. He had an outstanding military career. He is an independent thinker and seems to support all of the issues that concern me (reproductive rights, education, health care, environment, gun control, etc.). He is not a mental lightweight like Trump. In fact, he also has a Ph.D. in political economy and government from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

I look at the large field of Democratic candidates as a way for them to audition for a cabinet post should they not receive the nod for the presidential nomination. Sestak would make an excellent VP, Secretary of Defense, or Secretary of State. Other candidates would make great cabinet officers in Commerce (Warren), Justice (Harris), etc. Sestak would probably help deliver Pennsylvania's Electoral College votes.

In his 2016 primary bid to run against Senator Pat Toomey, Sestak walked the Commonwealth of PA. His polling was higher than Toomey's At the last minute, the Democratic power bosses decided to run Katie McGinty to punish Sestak for besting Arlen Spector (R turned D) in the 2010 Democratic primary. Sestak barely lost the 2010 election but possibly could have beaten Toomey in 2016 if the establishment Democrats had put their support behind him, instead of McGinty.

Joe Sestak is a good man. Do not write him off at this point.
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Response to Louis1895 (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 11:00 PM

18. Agreed about 2016. The PA Democratic machine shot themselves in the foot as typical

 

Mcginty was a weak candidate compared to sestak and cost us a senate seat. Where is she now? I still think that he should run again for the senate here in PA, or any other office as I really like him.
He has no chance of getting the democratic nomination.
The democratic machine did the same thing in 2018 in PA-01 by throwing their support behind a candidate prematurely.
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Pete Buttigieg

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Response to dsp3000 (Reply #18)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 06:53 AM

19. If McGinty was so weak, what does it say about the guys who lost to her in the primary?

 

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Response to Louis1895 (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 12:48 PM

20. He certainly has served this country better than other candidates here

 

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primary today, I would vote for:
Amy Klobuchar

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:11 PM

11. I appreciate his fortitude -- saying no to Bill Clinton and Obama is not trivial.

 

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:40 PM

13. He lacks credibility.

 

He lacks reality. He lacks the ability to speak plainly.

I don't think he has what it takes to be President.
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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 05:45 PM

14. Not good. 'Democrats had better be up to the fight of their lives.' Wapo, ed. headline

 

6-22-'19 snip:

' . . . the upcoming presidential campaign will be the fiercest battle for the White House in modern American history . . .
This is no time for start-ups. A party that spends time, money and energy enabling Don Quixote primary campaigns fueled by delusions of grandeur is stupid.'
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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:20 PM

16. I fail to see the utility in yet another candidate.

 

Our top 8 are pretty much solidified, and any of them would mop the floor with DT. The Senate!?!?!? Anyone heard of it???
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Response to SKKY (Reply #16)

Mon Jun 24, 2019, 01:13 PM

22. I agree....

 

Is the Senate now chopped liver? Quite a few of these candidates would have made outstanding Senate candidates and might have gone on to win. Or are they all running for VP?
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