Sestak Speaks On Strategy
Twenty four hours after his semi-announcement that he would take on Sen. Arlen Specter in next year's Democratic primary, Rep. Joe Sestak laid out his strategy for toppling the incumbent in a conversation with the Fix today.
"The strategy here is that this is the most compelling and daunting four to six years since the Great Depression," said Sestak. "Are we willing to have the right warrior out there?"
Sestak also made clear that he sees a path to the nomination through a series of contrasts with Specter; "It's someone who was in the military for 30 years versus someone who was in Washington for the past 30 years," said Sestak. "I got in to the [House race in 2006] to oppose George Bush and Arlen was voting for him four out of five times."
As for the endorsements of Specter by President Obama and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Sestak dismissed their power to persuade people in primaries. "Endorsements are a bit oversold," he said, adding that average voters are far more concerned with where candidates stand on health care, for example, than they are on endorsements. (Sestak told Greg Sargent of the Plumline blog that he wouldn't drop out of the race even if the president asked him to.)
Sestak also dismissed a new poll out today that showed him down 29 points in a primary against Specter. "It is a snapshot in time," he said. "You can't take much from it."
Although Sestak certainly sounds like a candidate -- and Talking Points Memo broke the news yesterday that he was running -- the congressman said today that nothing is different in terms of his intentions about the race.
"I didn't mean to cause all this," said Sestak. "I am still where I was a week or two ago."
May 28, 2009; 5:00 PM ET
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