Obama strikes back at GOP se­na­tor who put him in cam­paign ad

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES - By Marc Levy

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama struck back at Repub­li­can U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on Satur­day for us­ing footage of the Demo­crat prais­ing Toomey’s courage in a TV cam­paign ad in his life-or-death re-elec­tion bid in Penn­syl­va­nia.

In a state­ment to The Associated Press, Obama said Toomey needed to do more to show courage than tak­ing one right vote on leg­is­la­tion to ex­pand back­ground checks 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 the 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. And play­ing pol­i­tics with the Supreme Court 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 Obama’s 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. On Satur­day, Toomey told re­porters after the event in West Ch­ester, 25 miles west of Philadel­phia, that he was not wor­ried that his use of Obama in a TV ad would hurt him with Penn­syl­va­nia’s Repub­li­can vot­ers.

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