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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 06:33 PM

 

Letter from Joe Sestak

Thank you for taking the time to see why I am declaring my candidacy for President of the United States of America.

What Americans most want today is someone who is accountable to them, above self, above party, above any special interest … a President who has the depth of global experience to restore America’s leadership in the world to protect our American Dream at home … and one who is trusted to restructure policies where too many see only the growth of inequity not of the economy.

I want to be that President who serves the American people the way they deserve to be served.

And while my announcement may be later than others for the honor of seeking the Presidency, the decision to delay was so I would be there with Alex, our daughter, as the brain cancer she had courageously beaten at four years old returned this past year. But with her same team of medical heroes, she has again overcome the single digit odds.

I had worn the cloth of our nation for over 31 years in peace and war, but after Alex’s first high-grade brain tumor, I needed to answer to you, the American people, who provided the military healthcare coverage that saved our daughter’s life. I served our nation as a U.S. Congressman for two terms from a Republican District in order to work for all Americans to have the healthcare coverage we fortunately had had for Alex.

Now, the hour has become late to restore U.S. global leadership that convenes the world for two primary objectives that serve our collective well-being here at home: putting a brake on climate change and putting an end to an illiberal world order’s injustices, from China’s control of the 5G network to Russian interference in democratic elections.

However, we cannot meet the defining challenges of our time without a united America. This is our Hobson’s Choice: not just to win this Presidential election, but to heal our nation’s soul by regaining the trust of Americans – all Americans – by a President who the people know will remain accountable to them alone, no matter the cost to him.

I ask that you would take a moment and watch the video(s) below. The first is my announcement summarizing why our next President must have a unique understanding of all the elements of our nation’s power: our economy and diplomacy, our military – including its limitations – and the power of our ideals. The other videos describe the foreign and domestic challenges we face, and the policies I will pursue as President, particularly accountability to America.
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Pete Buttigieg

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Jun 23, 2019, 06:49 PM

1. It'll depend on the media covering him.

 

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden

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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 06:55 PM

2. From all accounts, he was a horribly abusive boss who ran his office like a sweatshop

 

I have nothing but sympathy for the health challenges that his child had to overcome. All blessings
to her and all best wishes to her, that she lives a very long and happy life.

However--

Sestak's staff were among the lowest paid of all of their counterparts in congress.

He demanded that they work ridiculous hours, and the turnover in his office was off the charts.

He had a famously horrible temper, and abused his people regularly.

I could never support him for the same reason that I could never support Amy Klobuchar. Thankfully, neither is
likely to win the nomination.

Sorry, we don't need yet another powerful person in office who believes that it is fine to abuse people with less
power and less agency with impunity. We already have one in the White House, and it hasn't turned out so well.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Pete Buttigieg

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