By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — While touring the Belmont Charter School in West Philadelphia, US Senator Pat Toomey complimented the first district converted charter school on its academic turnaround. The Republican incumbent was also dogged by Donald Trump issues.

Senator Toomey ducked into several classrooms for a lively exchange with students, who asked him questions about his job, the commercials the youngsters see and hear, and his priorities. Number one, the senator says, creating policies for a stronger economy.

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“In other words, we want to make lots of job opportunities, so that people can work and support their families.”

Number two, Toomey says, is to develop policies to keep us all safe.

“Because there are a lot of dangers around the world. some of the dangers have come to within our borders.”

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Belmont Charter Principal Farish Sawyer escorts Senator Toomey on tour (credit: Steve Tawa)

Following his tour, the senator was asked about Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to accepting the outcome of the election, if it doesn’t go his way.

“Some of the comments from Donald Trump are worse than unfortunate, it’s irresponsible.”

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Toomey says the American people know that “our elections have integrity and they are legitimate.”

“It’s absolutely essential that all candidates acknowledge that and accept the results. our election will reflect the will of the american people.’
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(credit: Steve Tawa)

“My view hasn’t changed. I find his candidacy very problematic.”

On education, Toomey says academic results of Belmont Charter are examples of why he feels so strongly about school choice. Then, he turned to politics and his Democratic challenger.

“Katie McGinty can’t support giving children choices, because the teacher’s union won’t let her.”

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McGinty champions programs like universal pre-K and what she calls expanding the promise of a high-quality public education.