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A noted Republican has a plan to unseat the Democrat majority in the Senate next year by knocking off one of its long-serving incumbents.
Dave McCormick said on Thursday he believes he can be a “force for good” as he attempts to defeat Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in what will no doubt be one of the year’s most closely-watched races.
“McCormick, a former hedge fund executive, West Point graduate, Gulf War combat veteran, and Treasury Department official in former President George W. Bush’s administration, on Thursday launched his second straight campaign for the Senate,” Fox News Digital reported.
His announcement provides national and state Republicans with a prominent candidate who possesses the capacity to self-finance. McCormick had been approached to consider running against the incumbent Democratic in a race that could potentially determine whether the GOP regains control of the Senate in 2024, the outlet noted.
“I have total faith and confidence in the people of Pennsylvania,” McCormick said, going on to emphasize the need for leadership in Washington, D.C.
“That is why today, I am announcing my candidacy for the United States Senate,” McCormick said while launching his candidacy at Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.
Asked why he sought to run again, McCormack told Fox News Digital, “The motivation is the same in the sense that I really feel that the country’s headed in the wrong direction.”
“Whether it’s the immigration crisis or the economy or record high inflation, whether it’s the war on our domestic energy sector, I think the need to get great leaders into public life who can really make a difference and be independent and try to break the gridlock in Washington, which is failing us, is key,” he told the outlet.
Pennsylvania businessman Dave McCormick launches his Senate campaign, likely setting up a pivotal battle with Sen. Bob Casey that could determine partisan control of the chamber. https://t.co/OlRPVnvToG
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 22, 2023
I’m running for Senate because I’ve been blessed by the opportunities this country has to offer, and to whom much is given, much is expected.
Our country is headed in a terrible direction under Joe Biden with the rubber stamp of Bob Casey.
I’m going to do my part to fix it.… pic.twitter.com/Ou6aP4CLMM
— Dave McCormick (@DaveMcCormickPA) September 22, 2023
McCormack then focused on Casey, a three-term senator whose father was governor of the state, tying him to President Joe Biden and his basement approval ratings.
“Bob Casey is an 18-year senator. He’s been in politics for 30 years and really hasn’t accomplished very much at all. He’s been a rubber stamp for Joe Biden. He’s voted for Joe Biden 98% of the time,” McCormick said. “If I can win this seat, I can really be a force for good in pushing back on Joe Biden’s policies.”
Casey isn’t expected to face any serious Democratic primary competition for his seat.
Fox News Digital added:
McCormick may escape a crowded and combustible battle for the 2024 GOP Senate nomination similar to the one he faced last year. McCormick ended up losing the nomination by a razor-thin margin to celebrity doctor and cardiac surgeon Mehmet Oz, who secured a primary victory thanks to a late endorsement from former President Donald Trump. Oz ended up losing the general election last November to now-Democratic Sen. John Fetterman.
Asked about lessons learned from his first campaign, McCormick noted in his Fox News interview that he has entered the race “a lot earlier this time.”
“When you lose by 900 votes, there’s lots of lessons that you can learn. And so I’ve tried to learn all the things that came out of that last race, and despite losing, it was a great experience,” he emphasized. “The most important thing is to get out there and be authentic.”
After announcing his candidacy, McCormack won immediate praise and approval from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is the national campaign arm of the Senate GOP.
“Dave McCormick has done a remarkable job of unifying the grassroots in Pennsylvania. A graduate of West Point, combat veteran, and Pennsylvania job creator, Dave is exactly the type of candidate who can win both a primary and a general election in one of the most competitive states in the country. It’s great news that Dave is stepping up to serve our country once again.” NRSC chair Steve Daines noted in a statement to Fox News Digital.