Pres. Obama Endorses Santarsiero and Hartman

president-obamaPresident Barack Obama is going all out in the final election cycle of his Administration.

Today, as part of a nationwide effort to support thirty different congressional candidates, Obama announced his endorsement of PA-8 nominee Steve Santarsiero and PA-16 nominee Christina Hartman.

“I’m proud to endorse Steve Santarsiero for the United States House of Representatives. Over the last eight years, we’ve made tremendous strides towards making our nation safer, stronger, and fairer, but it’s clear that to continue this progress, we need to send more commonsense leaders like Steve Santarsiero to Congress to get things done for the middle class,” President Obama stated. “Steve Santarsiero is a champion for Pennsylvania’s families and isn’t afraid to take on the tough fights, like defending a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, protecting Social Security and Medicare, making sure we keep our sacred promises to our nation’s veterans and their families, and addressing the crushing burden of student loan debt felt by so many of Pennsylvania’s students and families. Steve Santarsiero is the kind of tough and smart leader who will build on all we’ve accomplished and take our nation forward, and that’s why I know the people of Pennsylvania can count on him.”

“I am honored and humbled to receive Barack Obama’s support for my campaign for Congress,” Steve Santarsiero responded. “Thanks to his leadership over these past eight years, our country emerged from an economic crisis more severe than any since the Great Depression. In Congress, I will be committed to continuing the progress Barack Obama has forged, fighting every day for a brighter future for our families and for generations to come.”

“I’m proud to endorse Christina Hartman for the United States House of Representatives. In Congress, Hartman will be the kind of leader we need to build on all of the progress we’ve made over the last eight years to create a stronger, safer, fairer country for our children,” the President said. “Hartman is a fighter for Pennsylvania’s working families, and will fight for a level playing field so that everyone has a shot at the American dream. In Congress, I know that Hartman will stand up and fight to raise the minimum wage, end the influence of secret money in politics, and address the climate change crisis. All of Pennsylvania’s families can count on Christina Hartman to stand up for them, too.”

“It is a tremendous honor to receive Barack Obama’s endorsement,” stated Christina Hartman. “I share his commitment to building a strong economy that works for Pennsylvania’s families and Americans across our nation. In Congress, I will fight to preserve and protect Social Security, expand access to affordable higher education, and support small businesses that create local jobs.”

According to Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico, the President recorded ads and robocalls for some of these candidates. PoliticsPA reached out to these campaigns to see if Pres. Obama did this for them but did not receive a response.

The 8th Congressional District represents all of Bucks County as well as parts of upper Montgomery County.

The 16th Congressional District includes parts of the Berks, Chester, and Lancaster Counties.

9 Responses

  1. One do nothing politician endorsing another. Obama could give SantaZERO a run for his money when it comes to NOT accomplishing anything.

  2. @David Diano: Because then it means even less than KSDF’s characterization of it, which is largely accurate, at least in general elections. In primaries his endorsement can be extremely influential.

  3. So what? Obama ordered his campaign staff to write a bunch of generic endorsements that were approved without his review.

    Until he invests something in these candidates (appearances, campaign contributions, etc.), it’s a pointless gesture from a lame duck president.

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