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For U.S. Senate: Elect Pat Toomey

The contrast between the philosophies of Pat Toomey and Joe Sestak could not be more stark. And in this election, that contrast is the voters' best friend.

Mr. Toomey is the former Pennsylvania congressman who nearly dethroned Republicrat Arlen Specter in the 2004 GOP U.S. Senate primary. Mr. Specter self-destructed this election cycle when he placed political expediency above party and, as a Democrat, had his hat handed to him by Mr. Sestak, the congressman representing the 6th District.

Toomey, who went on to serve as president of the Club for Growth, is a conservative's conservative. Sestak, a retired Navy admiral, is a liberal's liberal. And while we have great personal respect for Sestak, a good and decent man, and stipulate that his military expertise would be an asset in the Senate, the nation no longer can abide his kind of failed liberal public policy prescriptions.

Pat Toomey is another good and decent man. No, there's not much "flash" but Toomey is no shrinking violet. He understands fundamental economics and government's role in facilitating economic growth. His scholarship and demeanor will serve Pennsylvanians well in the U.S. Senate.

The Arlen Specter era is over, thank goodness. And thank goodness there's someone with Pat Toomey 's bona fides to replace him.

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