Casey says he’s not running against Trump as DNC blasts visit

By Bill O’Boyle - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE TWP. — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey on Thursday reacted to President Donald Trump’s visit to Northeastern Pennsylvania to campaign for his opponent, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta.

“My job is to get results for Pennsylvania’s workers, seniors and middle class and I’ll work with anyone to do that,” Casey said in a press release. “But I’m not running against President Trump. I’m running against a member of Congress who has voted in lockstep with a corporate special interest agenda that is stacking the deck against working families and holding Pennsylvania’s middle class back. No matter what they throw at me, I will never back down from that fight.”

Casey said he is thankful to President Trump for signing into law three of his bills in the last four months, including the first major workforce training bill in 12 years, which Trump signed just this week.

“I’ve worked with both parties to restore health care for coal miners, rebuild our roads and bridges, and combat the opioid crisis,” Casey said. “I backed the Administration’s plan to get tough on China for cheating on trade and opposed the Administration’s plan to end protections for those with pre-existing conditions because I will always put Pennsylvanians first.”

Casey said under the Trump Administration, he has passed into law more major pieces of legislation than his opponent, Barletta. Casey worked across the aisle to secure health care for 20,000 retired miners, provide resources to combat the opioid crisis, and honor our fallen heroes by ensuring their children are eligible for the maximum Pell Grant under law.

And just this week, Trump signed into law Casey’s bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to help students and workers get the training and skills they need to find high-wage jobs.

The president called Casey’s bill “tremendous” and touted it as “critical legislation to provide students and workers the training necessary to succeed in a 21st century economy.”

Casey has been endorsed by numerous organizations, including the Scranton Fraternal Order of Police, Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, AFT Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Pennsylvania Building Trades, United Mine Workers of America District 2, the Teamsters, the Erie Firefighters Local 293, Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters, and Philadelphia Laborers’ District Council.

DNC comments

The Democratic National Committee’s Northeast Press Secretary Elizabeth Renda also released a statement on Trump’s visit:

“You don’t need an ID to buy groceries, and you don’t need to look far to see that neither Donald Trump or his lapdog Lou Barletta will ever fight for working Pennsylvania families,” Renda said. “If Barletta thinks a visit from Trump will save his desperate campaign, he has even more to learn about Pennsylvania values than we thought.”

Renda continued: “Bob Casey is working to improve the lives of Pennsylvania’s working families by protecting and strengthening our health care and fighting for the state’s workers. This fall, voters will have a clear choice between a senator who will serve Republicans’ dangerous, partisan agenda, and one who will stand up for Pennsylvania.”

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By Bill O’Boyle

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Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.