5:27 PM, Dec 18, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate Democrats are questioning a statement made by former Republican senator Chuck Hagel that the “Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people” in Washington. The comment has resurfaced now that Hagel is rumored to be Barack Obama’s top choice to head the Pentagon. He used the term in a 2008 interview.
“I know there are some questions about his past comments and I’ll want to talk to him and see what his explanation is,” said Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal. “Yes, it would give rise to question, but there are so many very significant issues and factors to be considered, and he has many profoundly significant qualifications for the job.”
“Any comment that undermines our relationship [with Israel] concerns me,” said Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. Asked if the reference to the “Jewish lobby” is such a statement, Casey said, “Sure, yes.”
Michigan’s Carl Levin said he does not agree with Hagel’s view.
“I don’t think it’s an appropriate statement,” Levin said.
And Barbara Boxer of California said she disagreed with the idea that there exists an intimidating "Jewish lobby" in Washington. “People can say whatever they want,” Boxer said. “I don’t agree with it.”
Bob Menendez of New Jersey was more tempered.
“I don’t know exactly how he meant that, but I think every American has a right to lobby their government and for whatever policy they think is important,” Menendez said. “I’ve heard the ‘Cuban lobby’ on Cuban isues, I’ve heard the ‘Armenian lobby’ on the genocide, I’ve heard a lot of different groups. I don’t think necessarily, it depends on how and what is being said. Depends upon whether it’s being used in a pejorative way or in a descriptive way.
“If he’s to be nominated, I’m sure he’ll have an opportunity to explain himself,” Menendez added. “And I’m sure that he’ll be asked.”
The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, declined to comment on Hagel or his statements. “If he is sent to us from the White House, there will be hearings and all that stuff,” said the Nevada Democrat.
Some Republican senators have suggested they may question Hagel about his comments regarding Israel and the Jewish lobby if the Nebraska Republican is nominated by Obama.
9:10 PM, Nov 6, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Bob Casey has held on to his Senate seat in Pennsylvania, Fox News projects. Casey, whose significant lead in the polls dropped in the final weeks of the campaign, has held off a challenge from Republican Tom Smith, a businessman from Western Pennsylvania.
11:20 AM, Oct 31, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad from Republican Senate candidate Tom Smith of Pennsylvania features a personal testimonial from Smith's daughter, Allison.
"If he's as good a senator as he is a father and neighbor, Pennsylvania will be in great hands," she says. Watch the ad below:
5:35 PM, Oct 19, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mitt Romney leads Barack Obama by four points in Pennsylvania, while Republican Senate candidate Tom Smith leads incumbent Democrat Bob Casey by two points, according to a state GOP poll conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research. Of the 1,376 likely Pennsylvania voters surveyed, 49 percent support Romney for president, while 45 percent support Obama.
1:29 PM, Oct 16, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The latest Quinnipiac poll, which shows Mitt Romney just four points behind Barack Obama in Pennsylvania, also shows a three-point Senate race. The incumbent, Democrat Bob Casey, Jr., leads his Republican challenger, Tom Smith, 48 percent to 45 percent, with 7 percent undecided.
3:10 PM, Oct 10, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Tom Smith, once thought a long-shot for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, continues to close in on his Democratic opponent, incumbent senator Bob Casey, Jr. A new poll of 725 likely voters from the Republican-affiliated firm Susquehanna Polling and Research shows a 2-point race, with 46 percent of voters supporting Casey and 44 percent supporting Smith.
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Mr. Smith tries to go to Washington.8:20 AM, Oct 2, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In Pennsylvania, Republican Tom Smith is facing an uphill battle against Democratic senator Bob Casey, the son of the beloved former governor. But in four of the five most recent polls of likely voters, Smith, a 64-year-old farmer and coal mining businessman from Western Pennsylvania, has been within single digits of Casey, including a Quinnipiac poll released last week showing him trailing the incumbent senator by just six points.
10:01 AM, Jul 24, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey, who is up for reelection this year, carefully put some space between himself and Barack Obama's recent comment that American entrepreneurs didn't build their businesses on their own.
Speaking at a luncheon in Harrisburg, Casey said that "everyone knows that when someone builds a business and is successful, they are successful for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons they're successful is they work hard."
9:09 AM, Jun 2, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Emergency Committee for Israel is running the following ad in a significant cable news buy, thanking “Israel’s true friends, Democrats and Republicans alike,” for supporting Israel when “President Obama sided with the Palestinians.”
Webb cites "frustration" at fellow Democrats for swift vote on repeal.11:10 AM, Nov 18, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
While President Obama and most Democrats in Congress have voiced their support for repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy on gays in the military, a few Senate Democrats are leaving open the option of voting against repeal. Senator Jim Webb of Virginia said Wednesday that members should examine the Pentagon’s DADT report, which is set to be released on December 1, before making a decision.
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