Dan Hirshhorn at pa2010:
Democrat Joe Sestak has often been criticized by conservatives for signing onto a letter to President Obama, in which lawmakers asked him to press Israel to ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip and allow more humanitarian aid during the most recent war there.
Even some Democrats in the Jewish community told he made a mistake and, we’re told, Sestak privately conceded he should have drafted his own, more carefully worded letter. Well, Sestak has now taken that sentiment public.
Earlier this week, the two-term congressman and candidate for Senate was talking to Jewish leaders during an Orthodox Union event. ... [Sestak said] during the event that he regrets signing onto the so-called “Gaza 54″ letter and should have written his own. ... [T]hat small concession might not seem like much. But it’s an important step if Sestak wants to keep a firm hold on the suburban Jewish constituency that Republican Pat Toomey is hoping to wrest away from the Democratic fold.
In the same post, Tim Kaine is quoted as saying there were between 500,000 and a million first time voters in Pennsylvania who voted for Obama in 2008. The DNC is targeting those voters this fall. On average, of those who vote for the first time in a presidential election, only 41% vote in the immediately following congressional election. The goal in PA is to increase that by 8%. If we do that, we win statewide. The appeal to these voters is that the President, who they were so supportive of in 2008, is asking them to come out and support Sestak and Onorato.
61 days to election day.