Toomey's tall task: Defending voting record this time around

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 30, 2016 4:18 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

(Harrisburg) -- Former Navy vice admiral Joe Sestak tells a punchy story on the campaign trail about Pat Toomey, the incumbent he wants to beat in Pennsylvania's important U.S. Senate election this year. 

He says Toomey voted to send him to war, visited him on the aircraft carrier as its warplanes bombed Afghanistan and then went home and voted against veterans' appropriations bills. 

Toomey's voting record over the last five years is being carefully scrutinized as Democrats try to convince voters that the Republican senator went against their interests.

Toomey argues he works capably with Democrats, despite his conservative voting record. 

Toomey's campaign also notes that the senator voted for some veterans affairs funding bills, contrary to Sestak's claim.

Sestak is running against former state Department of Environtmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.

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