Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey Will Run for Senate, Abortion Battle Expected

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 4, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey Will Run for Senate, Abortion Battle Expected Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 4, 2005

Harrisburg, PA ( — State Treasurer Bob Casey has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination to run against pro-life Senator Rick Santorum in 2006. The namesake son of the famous pro-life Democratic Governor will face a strong challenge from abortion advocate Barbara Hafer for the nod.

In a statement released Friday, Casey said he "looks forward to a vigorous debate about the vital issues facing Pennsylvania and the nation."

One of those issues will be abortion.

Abortion advocate Barbara Hafer, another Democrat, announced Wednesday that she will run against Santorum as well.

Hafer, the former State Treasurer, said that EMILY’s List, the pro-abortion political action committee that funneled $34 million to abortion advocates in 2004, has already sent her two staff members to begin organizing her campaign.

Casey has received support from leading national Democrats who are eagle to topple Santorum, a

He’s already received fundraising help from the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) and support from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

That support has leading pro-abortion Democrats upset.

Ramona Oliver, spokeswoman for EMILY’s List, said she’s troubled by the DSCC’s efforts to clear the primary field.

Oliver told Roll Call newspaper, "I think the concern is that the DSCC has taken this extraordinary step and seems to be trying to clear the field when there are obviously [other] very strong candidates in both those races. We’re not even close to resolving where those races are going to go."

Casey’s candidacy is boosted by a mid-February poll conducted by Quinnipiac University showing him ahead of Santorum in a hypothetical matchup 46 to 41 percent. The poll found Hafer trailing 47 to 39 percent.

The poll also showed 40 percent of Pennsylvania Democrats opposing abortion.

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