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Is Bob Casey in Trouble?

Mr. Smith tries to go to Washington.

8:20 AM, Oct 2, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Instead, Smith decided to run for the Senate. He won a contentious Republican primary earlier this year and was an undisputed underdog as most observers saw Casey with a clear advantage to win reelection. But Casey may be vulnerable, particularly with a record that is demonstrably more liberal than his moderate father’s. Most notably, Casey voted for Obamacare and has been nearly silent on the law’s proposed regulations on small businesses and its empowerment of the federal government to force religious employers to purchase insurance policies that cover abortions.

“Had I been the United States Senator from Pennsylvania, we would not have the Affordable Care Act, because I would not have voted for it,” Smith says. “He did, and he’s standing in the way of getting it repealed.”

Smith supports repealing Obamacare, citing business owners from across several sectors who tell him the law’s stiff regulations will kill jobs. He also supports reforming Medicare along the lines of the reforms outlined in Paul Ryan’s budget. Smith says he likes the Ryan plan and is quick to point out that his opponent, Casey, doesn’t have a plan for Medicare.

If Smith wants to go from a no-name businessman from Western Pennsylvania to United States Senator, he’ll have to convince those Reagan Democrats, and plenty of suburban voters around Philadelphia, that Casey hasn’t lived up to his father’s reputation as an independent moderate willing to buck his party on issues of principle. Smith says the son has proven he isn’t the father.

“He’s going to have to defend his voting record, and it’s a voting record that’s very, very hard to defend,” Smith says. “I’m sure he’s a nice guy. This isn’t personal. This is business.”

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