Pat Toomey is sounding more and more like a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
The former congressman drew resounding cheers Saturday when he told the state’s largest gathering of conservatives that he is “very, very likely” to announce that he will challenge incumbent Arlen Specter in the 2010 Republican primary.
Toomey came close to beating Specter in the 2004 primary.
In his speech to the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, he sharply criticized Specter for voting for the federal economic stimulus package and other big spending bills supported by Democrats.
He said Pennsylvania’s senator should stand up for the GOP ideals of lower taxes and smaller government.
Toomey is all but certain to face opposition in the primary from others, including fellow conservative activist Peg Luksik of Johnstown.
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