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Say It Ain't So

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak (D-7th) discusses the latest in the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, his challenge of Arlen Specter for the PA Senate seat, and other news of the day.

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Comments [8]

Gabrielle from Brooklyn

Good luck to Senator Sestak! Spector is a joke!

Jun. 03 2009 11:43 AM
hjs from 11211

guess specter could win with lieberman's playbook

Jun. 03 2009 11:23 AM
Tom from Williamsburg

Would you please ask your guest to stop saying "Washing dc"!

Jun. 03 2009 11:17 AM
hjs from 11211

BHO is a centrist. we have to live with that

Jun. 03 2009 11:13 AM
Hugh from Brookyn

Run, Joe! Run!

Specter is sounding more like a conservative Republican than at any time since his slander campaign against Anita Hill. His welcome into the Democratic Party is an embarrassment to Democrats and further proof of just how completely Obama is failing to live up to his promise and promises.

Jun. 03 2009 11:08 AM
jen from manhattan

The decisions being made by President Obama and the Democratic Party not to allow Democrat challengers in the primaries is driving me wild. I understand the same decision has been made for Kristin G in New York. Specter, Patterson, Gillibrand, Bloomberg--when people get into office (or refuse to leave) by means other than the vote of the people, and then no one runs against them, is that really a democracy? I suppose I could vote for the Republican challenger, but come on. I want a real choice!

Jun. 03 2009 10:33 AM
David Aronowitz from Riverdale

Rep. Sestak should take on the fake and the phony senator Spector republican turned democrat [Sestak should emulate president Obama when he took on front runner & establishment candidate Hillary Clinton and beat her hands down].

Sestak should copy Obama game plan rely on the average citizen and open up a website for $1 donation - I will contribute a $1 to his campaign - against Bush buddy Specter [who voted for Alito, Roberts & Thomas + was a supporter of McCain with Lieberman].

Jun. 03 2009 08:25 AM
Peter from Sunset Park

Of course President Obama will betray civil rights principles and promises by opposing "Don't Ask Don't Tell." President Obama sat in a church for 20 years and kept silent about the racist speech going on around him. Did anyone really expect President Obama to all of a sudden decide that speaking up for the civil and human rights of gays and lesbians is the correct thing to do? President Obama will defend gay rights only when it helps him. As long as many of President Obama’s supporters and opponents oppose gays and lesbians serving in the military, President Obama will be silent, or worse, on this issue. Democrats, Republicans and others who support gay rights need to bring more political pressure on President Obama than supporters of "Don't Ask Don't Tell” do. Until then, no change will occur at the level of the President.

This is one of the main reasons I voted for McCain. I voted for Clinton twice and Clinton completely ignored his campaign promises about gays serving openly in the military and came up with the disaster that is “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Now President Obama is doing the same. Democrats and Republicans may speak differently about gay rights, but they act in the same ways and that is what really matters.

Jun. 03 2009 08:14 AM

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