Thursday, February 11, 2016

U.S. Senator Bob Casey - will he run against Corbett in 2014?

U.S. Senator Bob Casey - will he run against Corbett in 2014?



The door is open for Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett in the 2014 election.

But Casey wouldn't say Monday whether he would consider running againt Corbett if asked.

When pressed, Casey did say that if re-elected this fall, he will serve the full six-year term.

“One of the reasons I’m running for re-election is to continue my work in this term, and we’ve got plenty to do,” said Casey, speaking at the monthly press club luncheon in Harrisburg. “I really do like the work in the Senate.”

According to his website’s biography, Casey has been “guided by the legacy of his father.” Casey’s father, Robert P. Casey Sr., served as governor of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1995.

Casey told reporters his biggest concern was "earning" his re-election in the fall. He said he is concerned about the effect the new voter ID law will have on the November results.

“I worry a lot about this law. I think any law that erects barriers to voting… is in need of a lot of scrutiny,” he said.

His solution would be to test the law this year and implement it when it is not a congressional and presidential election year.

“Even if that [750,000] number were cut in half, it would be disturbing,” Casey said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to make sure that people have IDs and can get them.”

The hearings on the voter ID law begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Commonwealth Court. Casey said he hopes the court will postpone implementation of the law.

“There are facts on the table now that weren’t on the table a few months ago about how many people would be affected,” Casey said.


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