Toomey and McCain to visit VFW Post 928

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Rick Kauff­man rkauff­man@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Kauf­fee_TH on Twit­ter

FOL­SOM >> Repub­li­can Ari­zona Sen. John McCain will visit the Her­bert W. Best VFW Post 928 in Fol­som on Fri­day with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., to dis­cuss na­tional se­cu­rity.

Toomey is look­ing for sup­port in his con­tested re-elec­tion cam­paign against Demo­cratic chal­lenger Katie McGinty, the for­mer chief of staff for Gov. Tom Wolf.

“John McCain is an Amer­i­can hero, who Pat Toomey is proud to serve with and stand with,” said Toomey spokesper­son Steve Kelly. “Katie McGinty’s ex­trem­ist and dan­ger­ous na­tional se­cu­rity views, from Iran, to Gitmo, to Philadel­phia’s own sanc­tu­ary

city pol­icy, is a stark con­trast with Toomey and McCain’s lead­er­ship on keep­ing Amer­ica safe.”

McCain, a dec­o­rated Naval vet­eran and pi­lot, was cap­tured and im­pris­oned by North Viet­namese forces in 1967 when his air­craft was shot down over Hanoi. He was held in soli­tary con­fine­ment where he was re­fused treat­ment for frac­tured bones in his arms and leg, and his cap­tors beat him while in­ter­ro­gat­ing him for in­for­ma­tion. He was re­leased in 1973 after be­ing held cap­tive for five-and-a-half years.

Last year, Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump, then merely the lead­ing can­di­date among a

“Like many Penn­syl­va­ni­ans, I’m not happy with ei­ther choice,” Toomey said. “I will say that Hil­lary Clin­ton is to­tally un­ac­cept­able to me.” — Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

field of many Repub­li­can pri­mary con­tenders, be­lit­tled the 2008 Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee over his time as a pris­oner of war.

Trump said McCain was “not a hero,” and “I don’t like losers,” in ref­er­enc­ing McCain’s time as a POW.

How­ever, in re­cent months, Trump has en­dorsed McCain in his Ari­zona Se­nate race, while McCain too has thrown sup­port be­hind Trump. McCain is en­gaged in a strong chal­lenge by Demo­cratic Con­gress­woman Ann Kirk­patrick in Ari­zona.

Yet, Toomey re­mains one of the few 21 Repub­li­can sen­a­tors run­ning for re-elec­tion who has not en­dorsed Trump.

The clos­est he came to a com­mit­ment on Trump was ear­lier this month when in Glenolden at a stop in Sub­ur­ban Col­li­sion Spe­cial­ists he said he would “cast a vote” this elec­tion.

“Like many Penn­syl­va­ni­ans, I’m not happy with ei­ther choice,” Toomey said. “I will say that Hil­lary Clin­ton is to­tally un­ac­cept­able to me.”

The event on Fri­day is open to the pub­lic. Those wish­ing to at­tend can ap­ply for tick­ets on­line at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/joi­nus-sen­a­tors-pat-toomeyand-john-mccain-in-delaware-county-tick­ets27825154787?aff=delco times. Or search for the Eventbrite event on the Repub­li­can Party of Penn­syl­va­nia Face­book page: https://www.face­book.com/Penn­syl­va­ni­aGOP/

Last year, Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump, then merely the lead­ing can­di­date among a field of many Repub­li­can pri­mary con­tenders, be­lit­tled the 2008 Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee over his time as a pris­oner of war. Trump said McCain was “not a hero,” and “I don’t like losers,” in ref­er­enc­ing McCain’s time as a POW.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

In this May 9, 2016, file photo, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speaks dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in Philadel­phia. Democrats are sound­ing in­creas­ingly con­cerned about their chances of re­tak­ing con­trol of the Se­nate, as Repub­li­cans demon­strate a com­mand­ing fundrais­ing ad­van­tage and Hil­lary Clin­ton‚ as lead nar­rows in key bat­tle­ground races.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

In this Sept. 15, 2016 file photo, Se­nate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee Chair­man Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capi­tol Hill in Wash­ing­ton. The Se­nate on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 21, 2016, backed the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s plan to sell more than $1 bil­lion worth of Amer­i­can-made tanks and other weapons to Saudi Ara­bia, soundly de­feat­ing a bid to de­rail the deal pushed by law­mak­ers crit­i­cal of the king­dom’s role in Ye­men’s civil war.

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