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In Pa., Farmer Smith Digs In Against Casey
realclearpolitics.com ^ | July 19, 2012 | Caitlin Huey-Burns

Posted on 07/20/2012 7:38:37 PM PDT by neverdem

SHELOCTA, Pa. -- Tom Smith was mowing wheat on his 400-acre Armstrong County farm last summer when he decided he would run for U.S. Senate.

Smith was born and raised on this stretch of land an hour's drive outside Pittsburgh where coal mines neighbor corn farms, and he remembers wondering that day how the national debt would impact his grandchildren, some of whom also live on the farm. After talking it over with his wife and his pastor, Smith changed his voter registration from Democrat to Republican, and began a bid for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Democrat -- and Pennsylvania brand name -- Bob Casey.

“I was raised in a time where a farm boy, just a farm boy, who knew how to work, could follow his dream and achieve it,” says Smith, who later made millions owning several coal mines close to his farm and is self-funding a substantial part of his Senate bid. “This country gave me the opportunity to come off the farm, start my own business and do reasonably well. My goodness gracious sakes alive, who wouldn’t give a part of his life to protect that for future generations? He couldn’t have a heart if he didn’t.”

Smith, 64, sounds earnest in his willingness to leave this bucolic setting for frenzied Washington. But his challenge to Casey is a long shot. The RealClearPolitics average shows the first-term senator leading Smith by 15 points. A June Quinnipiac University poll finds Smith trailing the incumbent by 17 points overall, and 14 points among independents. Smith is a relative unknown in the state, while his opponent is a former state treasurer, the son of the late, well-known and...

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But Casey has failed to break 50 percent in the polls, a potentially vulnerable position for an incumbent...

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Pennsylvania
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1 posted on 07/20/2012 7:38:42 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Casey is an idiot. All Mr Smith has to do is get him in a debate. He (Casey) cannot talk and when he does, sounds like an absolute imbecile. He won on his father’s name, his handlers never let him debate or speak in public. Mr Smith needs to get out there and not give up!! He can beat this guy!


2 posted on 07/20/2012 7:57:05 PM PDT by rocketmag
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To: neverdem

I can’t believe this is the first time I heard about this Race for the November Election! We have to get the Brain Dead,Communist Loving Casey OUT ON HIS ASS this NOVEMBER!
The Republican Party MUST FIGHT EVERY DARN CORRUPT VOTE by the PHILLY MACHINE this ELECTION!


3 posted on 07/20/2012 8:37:36 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD SAVE OUR AMERICA from ALLAH and his Prophet, HUSSEIN OBAMA!!)
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To: neverdem

I can’t believe this is the first time I heard about this Race for the November Election! We have to get the Brain Dead,Communist Loving Casey OUT ON HIS ASS this NOVEMBER!
The Republican Party MUST FIGHT EVERY DARN CORRUPT VOTE by the PHILLY MACHINE this ELECTION!


4 posted on 07/20/2012 8:37:47 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD SAVE OUR AMERICA from ALLAH and his Prophet, HUSSEIN OBAMA!!)
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To: neverdem

I can’t believe this is the first time I heard about this Race for the November Election! We have to get the Brain Dead,Communist Loving Casey OUT ON HIS ASS this NOVEMBER!
The Republican Party MUST FIGHT EVERY DARN CORRUPT VOTE by the PHILLY MACHINE this ELECTION!


5 posted on 07/20/2012 8:37:59 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD SAVE OUR AMERICA from ALLAH and his Prophet, HUSSEIN OBAMA!!)
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To: rocketmag

Smith is a seasoned businessmen and was chair of the Indiana/Armstrong Patriots.

Good article about him in our local newspaper.

http://www.indianagazette.com/a_news/article_3f46c8a9-d5f1-5e91-8c31-98b41888c280.html


6 posted on 07/20/2012 8:43:51 PM PDT by sneakers (!)
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7 posted on 07/20/2012 8:52:33 PM PDT by randita (Either the politicians fix our fiscal insanity, or the markets will.)
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To: neverdem

Shelocta is just up the road from Indiana, PA, hometown of Jimmy Stewart, so this could actually be “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, part deux” :-)


8 posted on 07/20/2012 8:59:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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9 posted on 07/20/2012 9:13:38 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: sneakers

I have been writing to Casey for the past couple of years telling him we plan to send him home at the end of his first term...

and we will with the help of Pennsylvania voters..I always refer to him as the church mouse...quiet and hidden..he always send me ‘form’ letters and Democrat talking points which never address the questions I’ve sent to him...

so I will be glad to get the name Smith out to my area here in Somerset County..where we ALL will remember flight #93 and 9/11/2001


10 posted on 07/20/2012 9:26:53 PM PDT by haircutter
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11 posted on 07/20/2012 9:41:18 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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12 posted on 07/20/2012 9:57:23 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: neverdem

He has MY vote. That turd Casey must go,


13 posted on 07/21/2012 2:19:29 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: haircutter

I know what you mean! I get the e-mailed form letters too! Casey needs to GO!!

What a useless waste of space!


14 posted on 07/21/2012 5:22:26 AM PDT by sneakers (!)
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To: sneakers

If he was dumb enough to remain a registered Democrat through Johnson, Carter, Clinton and several years of Obama, I don’t hold out much hope for him.


15 posted on 07/21/2012 5:41:11 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3

I was a very conservative Reagan Democrat and changed my party affiliation and never looked back. I was democrat because my parents and grandparents were. I dare say a lot of freepers could say the same. Smith has been supporting conservative Republicans for years, and is a member of the local Tea Party group - which is made up of all parties. He’s the real deal. He’s been at the forefront of the local campaign against Obama since the beginning. I’ll gladly cast my vote for him.


16 posted on 07/21/2012 5:54:38 AM PDT by sneakers (!)
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To: sneakers

Thanks for the background; he still kind of looks one issue—coal (Manchin type), but I’d take your word for the rest.


17 posted on 07/21/2012 5:58:45 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: neverdem

Bob Casey= effin lawyer
Farmer Smith = farmer, miner, entrepreneur, employer job creator

Choice is obvious


18 posted on 07/21/2012 6:04:22 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: neverdem

I’ll be voting for him.


19 posted on 07/21/2012 6:36:45 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: sneakers

Farmer Smith may be the real deal, but explaining that to PA — forget it.


20 posted on 07/21/2012 7:23:33 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: Theodore R.

Pa went with a Republican governor this time. I hope people will vote the same for senator. Hopefully, with the new voter ID laws, the dead voters in Philly and Pittsburgh will stay buried!


21 posted on 07/21/2012 8:06:01 AM PDT by sneakers (!)
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To: martin_fierro

That looks like a picture from the 1871 Beers Atlas of Indiana County!


22 posted on 07/21/2012 8:09:33 AM PDT by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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