Sestak runs for U.S Senate again, faces similar questions

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 21, 2016 4:39 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Former Democratic congressman Joe Sestak speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Philadelphia.

(Harrisburg) -- Primary Day is less than a week away, and the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania has attracted national attention.

Here's my final profile of the candidates: Joe Sestak.

If that name sounds familiar, it might be because the former congressman has been here before.

In 2010, he ran and beat Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary, before narrowly losing to Republican Pat Toomey in the general election.

Since then, Sestak has been relentlessly trying to get his message out - walking 420-plus miles across the state, writing a book, and showing up at countless events.

"We came so close, the closest of any Senate or House race that year, I think because we took it to the people and met with them. That's those 800 events I just mentioned and others that I was doing it for others, but I still met people. Kept in contact," he says.

However, Sestak has faced criticism.

His campaign materials refer to his rank of Admiral that he achieved in the U.S. Navy.

But Defense Department guidelines say people who aren't on active duty must indicate they are retired.

In the past, Sestak has dismissed those who point out the issue.

Hear my interview with Sestak below:

He faces Katie McGinty and John Fetterman in the primary next Tuesday.

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