Clinton to campaign for Sestak in Pa. Senate race

The former president gets ready to stump for his former cabinet member, whom he tried to persuade not to run

Published August 4, 2010 3:41PM (EDT)

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania, months after trying in vain to persuade the congressman not to run.

The Democratic congressman is running against Republican Pat Toomey for the seat held by outgoing Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter. The Sestak campaign says Clinton will appear with Sestak on Tuesday afternoon at a rally at Scranton High School.

At the request of the White House, Clinton had tried to get Sestak to drop his primary challenge of Specter by offering him an unpaid presidential advisory position. Sestak turned Clinton down and went on to defeat Specter.

In the 1990s, Sestak worked in the Clinton administration as director for defense policy on the National Security Council.

By Associated Press

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