Harrisburg — Bob Casey crossed Pa. during the final day of campaigning as he looks to secure a second term in the U.S. Senate.
He spoke to 50 workers at the AFSCME conference center as he faces a challenge from GOP candidate Tom Smith.
“This is one of those elections – we can move forward, continue to create jobs at a faster pace. Or, unfortunately there is another choice here, or we can take a sharp right turn right back into the ditch where we were in the latter part of 2008,” Casey said.
“We can’t go back to those days where we’re in the ditch. We’re still climbing out of that ditch, we’re still trying to find our way. But I really believe that tomorrow’s a day that – as difficult a campaign as this has been – that we can bring the country back together.”
He was joined by Eugene DePasquale, the York County state Rep. and Democratic Auditor General candidate, as well as state Senate hopeful Rob Teplitz and state House candidate Chris Dietz.
Republicans had come through the midstate earlier Monday afternoon.
DePasquale explained why Teplitz’s race – the closest state Senate campaign in PA. – is important to Democrats.
“If it becomes 27-23 [in the state Senate], you have four more moderate Republican Senators from the southeast. They then have to put up way too many tough votes. The [Corbett] agenda stops in its tracks. That’s how critical it is that Rob Teplitz gets elected to the state Senate,” DePasquale said.
Teplitz faces Republican John McNally for the open seat of retiring Sen. Jeff PIccola (R-Dauphin).
Dietz faces Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin). He had some help from out of the district: Brian Sims, the man who beat Rep. Babette Josephs (D-Phila) in the April primary. Sims is unopposed in the general.
Casey did 3 events – a morning campaign rally with former President Bill Clinton in Pittsburgh, the phonebanking at AFSCME, and he’ll end the evening in his hometown of Scranton with another Clinton rally.