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  Campaign against Specter helped GOP, Toomey claims
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Last EditedTony82  Apr 17, 2005 07:10pm
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MediaNewspaper - Easton Express-Times
News DateMonday, April 18, 2005 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionPat Toomey lost his 2004 primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., but yesterday he said, "I think we did win the debate over the future of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania."

In last year's Republican primary, Toomey noted that he received 49.2 percent of the vote against a 24-year incumbent who "outspent us 4-1 and was endorsed by the Republican president and all the Republican officials down to the local dog-catchers."

With that showing, Toomey said, he proved "the Republicans of Pennsylvania want a Republican Party that governs as a conservative party."

"We're going to prevail in this battle for the soul of the Republican Party and for the soul of our nation," Toomey predicted.

The former Allentown congressman is now president of the Club for Growth, a national advocacy group promoting tax cuts and fiscal discipline in the federal government. He spoke to a coalition of conservative groups yesterday at the Holiday Inn East in Swatara Twp.
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