The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 26, 2012

Senate candidates Smith and Casey debate in Philadelphia today

PHILADELPHIA — Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and his Republican challenger Tom Smith will meet for their first and only debate in the increasingly contentious race.

The debate will be held Friday morning at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

WPVI will air the debate Sunday at 1 p.m., and it's available for rebroadcast after that.

The 52-year-old Casey is running for a second, six-year term after supporting President Barack Obama's signature policies in the Senate. He is a key ally of labor unions, the son of the late former Gov. Robert P. Casey and a former state treasurer and auditor general.

The 65-year-old Smith is a tea party favorite and political newcomer who made a fortune in coal mining and lives on the Armstrong County farm where he grew up.


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