Pennsylvania Senate Race
by NewtonNews, Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 11:40:47 AM EST
As we all know, election time is closing in on us and the Senate race for Pennsylvania is looking to be incredibly interesting. The incumbent Rick Santorum is already facing strong opposition from Democrat Bob Casey, however, Casey's victory in the primaries is far from guaranteed. Alan Sandals has shown that he is a viable candidate in the upcoming May 16th primary. His recent endorsement from the National Organization of Women PAC and the Feminist Majority have catapulted his campaign which makes me anxious to see what happens on the April 8th and 16th debates.
Originally, Casey dodged the issue of debates but has since accepted. With two debates now scheduled Sandals could potentially continue steaming with the momentum he's building. Early results from a Quinnipiac University poll showed that Casey had a 12% lead over Santorum, after introducing the candidates politics that lead dropped to 2%. This means that people were not voting for Casey based on his politics, but instead, because he was not Rick Santorum. The upcoming debates could possibly have the same effect. By exposing Casey's and Sandals' stances on the issues on a public stage, that same drop in Casey support could flow over to Sandals' favor.
I've been researching this campaign for a while now and honestly, I have to throw my support towards Sandals. What got me is his strong objectivity. He's a strong supporter of the seperation of church and state despite his strong religious beliefs. This shows me that he opperates off what he feels is best for everyone, not just his own interests.
He's also dedicated to working for the working class. In the true Democratic spirit, Sandals has spent over 20 years protecting pensions and medical benefits. This type of legal career also makes him a strong answer to the rising social security problem. As a Democrat, I want someone that's gonna be an effective Senator while at the same time be concerned with the rights of America's often trampled citizens, whether it be working class folk, minorities, women, gay people etc. I want Sandals