Casey, Barletta join first debate in U.S. Senate race

Marc Levy
Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate facing incumbent U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, addresses York countians at Round the Clock Diner in Manchester Township, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo


PHILADELPHIA – The first debate between Pennsylvania’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, is starting.

Saturday’s hour-long debate is at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

The 58-year-old Casey, of Scranton, is seeking a third six-year term in Nov. 6’s election. The 62-year-old Barletta, of Hazleton, is a fourth-term congressman.

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Barletta is one of President Donald Trump’s biggest allies on Capitol Hill, and is endorsed by the president. Barletta has badly lagged Casey in fundraising and polls, making it a low-profile race in a state Trump won in 2016. Casey is a critic of Trump’s tax-cutting law and immigration policies, and opposed Trump’s Supreme Court nominees.

WPVI-TV is broadcasting the debate and streaming it online Sunday at 11:30 a.m., and making it available to other TV stations.

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) tours Tooling Dynamics on Volgelsong Road to celebrate his bipartisan legislation being signed into law by President Trump, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.  John A. Pavoncello photo