Obama lashes out at ad­vert ‘en­dorse­ment’

7 Days in Dubai - - US ELECTION 2016 -

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has struck back at Repub­li­can Senator Pat Toomey for us­ing footage of the Democrat prais­ing Toomey’s courage in a TV cam­paign ad­vert in his life-or-death re-elec­tion bid in Penn­syl­va­nia. Obama said Toomey needed to do more to show courage than tak­ing one right vote on leg­is­la­tion to expand back­ground checks on all firearms pur­chases on­line and at gun shows. “Courage is telling Penn­syl­va­nia vot­ers where you stand on the tough is­sues, not just the easy ones like back­ground checks,” Obama said in a state­ment. “Pat Toomey won’t tell Penn­syl­va­nia vot­ers where he stands on Don­ald Trump, try­ing in­stead to have it both ways by telling dif­fer­ent peo­ple what he thinks they want to hear. That’s not courage. Vot­ing to shut down the govern­ment and against bills to close the ter­ror­ist gun loop­hole isn’t courage.” Obama has en­dorsed Toomey’s opponent, Democrat Katie McGinty, who served in Bill Clinton’s White House and was re­cruited by na­tional Democrats to run against Toomey. Toomey, who com­piled one of Congress’ most con­ser­va­tive vot­ing records, is among the Sen­ate’s most vul­ner­a­ble in­cum­bents in a state where Democrats have a 4 to 3 reg­is­tra­tion ad­van­tage over Repub­li­cans. The race could help tip con­trol of the Sen­ate to Democrats. Toomey has been a tough critic of Obama, and op­posed prac­ti­cally all of his ma­jor pol­icy ini­tia­tives, from health care to immigration. He rou­tinely de­liv­ers a stump speech that la­bels Obama’s eco­nomic and for­eign poli­cies as com­plete fail­ures. At a cam­paign event on Satur­day, he lam­basted the han­dling of eco­nomic pol­icy in Washington, with­out nam­ing Obama.

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