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Joe Sestak Tells Pittsburgh: “The Time to Fight for Change is Now”

Joe Sestak Tells Pittsburgh: “The Time to Fight for Change is Now”

30 Day Rally at Mellon Park follows African-American Heritage Day Parade

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – With just a month before Pennsylvanians will decide who will be their next U.S. Senator, Admiral Joe Sestak told supporters today in Pittsburgh now is the time to stand up and fight for a new kind of leadership in Washington.

“The stakes in this election could hardly be much higher,” Joe told supporters at a rally in Mellon Square. “And that’s why we need your help to get out the vote, to do whatever you can to ensure a brighter future for Pennsylvania. Our country faces a critical moment, and the time to fight for change is now.”

Joined by State Representative Dan Frankel and City Controller Michael Lamb, Joe Sestak spoke about the challenges the country faces: a sagging economy, high unemployment, preserving Social Security and Medicare and the future of our nation’s schools.

While proud of the steps that have been taken to help repair the damage left by those like Congressman Toomey and the Bush Administration, Admiral Sestak said those in Washington still lack the courage to do what is right for those they serve, like fight for middle-class tax cuts that would help the majority of Americans struggling amidst the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

There’s no greater example of that dim vision of Washington than Congressman Toomey, Joe said. He explained that his rigid advocacy for the same failed economic policies that benefit corporations and special interests while hurting middle class Americans represents the same old kind of governing that people have come to expect but can no longer afford.

“But the power to change how Washington works is yours,” Joe added. “You, the voter, have the power to move our country forward, to choose leaders who will rise above the ideology and demagoguery and work together for a better future. As your next U.S. Senator, I will be not the politician you expect, but the leader you deserve.”

Prior to today’s rally, Admiral Sestak marched in the Annual African-American Heritage Day Parade, where he spoke with attendees about the disproportionate impact the recession has had on minority communities and the opportunity they have to elect leaders who will rise above partisan politics and do what is right for them.

“It’s not about a liberal answer or a conservative answer — it’s about the right answer,” said Joe. “The only agenda anyone should have is putting people back to work, and I’m dedicated to doing what it takes to create jobs and get our economy moving.”

Following today’s rally, Joe will speak at the Western Pennsylvania Slovak Radio Hour 28th Annual Dinner Dance at the Slovak Catholic Sokol Center.

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