Bob Casey for president? Pennsylvania Senator doesn't rule it out

Pat Loeb
November 22, 2018 - 8:30 pm
Still campaigning? Fresh from re-election, Sen. Bob Casey packed boxes at Philabundance and did not rule out a run for higher office

Pat Loeb / KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Just two weeks after winning a third term, Pennsylvania's senior U.S. Senator says he's already considering another job. 

President of the United States.

"I do feel an obligation to consider this because of the challenges we have. This is an important moment for the country," he said. "This is fundamental in terms of a make or break moment for the middle class, for our standing in the world. We cannot allow another four years of Trumpism."

His sense of obligation, he says, comes from his proven ability to win Pennsylvania.

"If Democrats don't carry Pennsylvania, we cannot win in 2020. So if you're able to win in this state you should consider it," Casey said.

Lots of others are considering it, of course. And Philadelphia's Democratic party chair, Bob Brady, doesn't think it's a stretch just to win the state.

"After our election we just had, against Donald Trump, I think anybody could win Pennsylvania," Brady laughed. 

Casey's victory over Trump-backed Republican Lou Barletta is part of the evidence, and Brady says he'd support Casey. 

But only if former Vice President Joe Biden doesn't run.

"I'm sure they'll get together and see how real it is. And I don't think they would ever run against each other," he said.  

Political consultant Neil Oxman says if Biden doesn't run, Casey would fill a niche.

"There's a path for sort of a more centrist candidate who can win back the white working class men, which Casey has been able to hold on to many of them in Pennsylvania," said Oxman.

Oxman adds, though, Casey is not well known outside of Pennsylvania.

"He'd have to raise a lot of money and he'd have to perform really well in the debates," said Oxman. "And if he did and he stood out, depending on who the nominee is, he could be somebody who's short-listed for vice president."

That is way ahead of where Casey says he is in the process.

"We're not even close to talking to anyone about the strategy or the mechanics," he said. "It's really just some personal conversations."