PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Current and former Pennyslvania Senators Pat Toomey and Rick Santorum addressed the political landscape after Donald Trump’s emergence as the presumptive Republican nominee after a big primary victory in Indiana forced Ted Cruz to exit the race for President.
Toomey, in an interview with Dom Giordano on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, stated his top priority is defeating Hillary Clinton in November.
“It certainly looks like Donald Trump is on his way to the nomination. That looks pretty clear after [the Indiana primary] and Ted Cruz getting out of the race. Donald Trump was not my first choice. He wasn’t my second choice or third or fourth choice. I have lots have differences with Donald Trump and lots of problems with him but I am absolutely in the ‘never Hillary Clinton’ camp.”
Santorum told Giordano that Trump gives Republicans a chance to win Pennsylvania.
“It’s absolutely in play. Absolutely. As someone who’s won the state the twice and delivered a message that was much more economically populist than the typical Republican candidate, it’s a message that sells very, very well in Delaware County. It sells in Lower Bucks and in the Northeast. It can sell in the southeast. It can sell in the northeast…and it can sell out west.”
Toomey also addressed his race against Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty, calling her corrupt and out of touch.
“What we have in Katie McGinty is a hyper-partisan, extremely liberal, machine politician. She was hand picked by the Democratic party establishment in Washington, carried over the finish line with almost $5 million in late money that poured in, dragging her past Joe Sestak. She’s got an ethics rap sheet that’s a mile long. What she did in office was funnel tax payer money to companies which then later rewarded her by hiring her and putting on her board and giving her these lucrative paychecks.”