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Radio Smart Talk: Casey-Smith; Election-Spanier

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 2, 2012 8:31 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Friday, November 2:


witf's Election 2012 coverage continues Friday on Radio Smart Talk as we'll hear from U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr.

Bob Casey Jr. is the incumbent Democrat and is seeking his second term in office.  Sen. Casey is Pennsylvania's former Auditor General and Treasurer.

Casey faces Republican Tom Smith, who is a successful businessman from western Pennsylvania. Polls show the race has tightened but Casey still has a lead.

Also on Friday's program, three journalists will join us to look ahead to Tuesday's election.  Laura Olson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, John Micek of the Allentown Morning Call and witf's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson will also provide insights into charges being lodged against former Penn State president Graham Spanier related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.


Laura Olson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and John Micek of the Allentown Morning Call discuss the charges against former Penn State president Graham Spanier on Radio Smart Talk.

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  • James Dillner img 2012-11-01 19:20

    In 1998 the police investigated charges against Sandusky, and they did not find enough to build a case to prosecute him. With this as a context, we need to remember that officials are responsible not to bring false or indefensible charges against a person and risk defamation suits by Sandusky. We need to remember that Jerry Sandusky had a reputation as a defensive genius, and a great humanitarian. All that is lost to our minds now, but that is the sort of person that the PSU officials would be going up against if they pursued a hearsay case against Sandusky in the McQueary story.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-02 08:38

    E-mail from Susan:

    "The public does care. We want to know our candidates and we want full transparency. We wonder what they're hiding."

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-02 08:39

    E-mail from Jim:

    "Do you think the GOP commercials that just started running in PA are a real effort to take the state for Romney or just a head fake?"

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-02 08:45

    E-mail from Michael:

    "Reporters must demand presidential candidates reveal their choices for cabinet secretaries.

    The candidates will claim they can't be sure who they'll be nominating before they're in office, but they know darn well who these people will be.

    Candidates can make any claim during a campaign, but once in office they'll be obligated to contributors and supporters unknown to most of us. They fulfill these obligations in part by appointing cabinet secretaries friendly to the people who supported them during the campaign.

    We deserve to know who is in line for cabinet appointments so we can judge who these contributors and supporters are."

  • opelcris23 img 2012-11-02 13:17

    Want transparency? Visit Its more important to know how a person acts more than listen to what they say. Senator Casey has been fiscally irresponsible. I has the idea that more spending and more debt is the solution. Well we tried that, and now our country is only worse off for it. Its time we ousted Casey and appointed people who are willing to makes real cuts in Washington.