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Toomey Hits Moderate Notes As He Kicks Off Campaign

Sep 14, 2015
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Pennsylvania's U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey formally kicked off his re-election campaign Sunday in King of Prussia, outside Philadelphia. He sounded a lot more like a moderate determined to appeal to Democrats and independents than the hard-line budget hawk he was seen as years ago.

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