Obama lashes out at advert ‘endorsement’
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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