Former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak drops presidential bid

Former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak drops presidential bid

Former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak drops presidential bid

Joe Sestak, a former Pennsylvania Congressman and Retired Marine Admiral who wanted to use his military experience as a Democratic presidential candidate, said on Sunday he was ending his bid to nominate the party.

Sestak admitted at the time that he was late to the nominating contest, conceding, "My announcement may be later than others for the honor of seeking the presidency", and cited his daughter's recent fight with brain cancer as the reason for his delay.

"Without the privilege of the national press, it is unfair to ask others to make their decision and sacrifice more resources", he wrote. In joining the crowded field last June, Sestak called for strong action to deal with climate change, corporate accountability and China's geopolitical threat.

However, during his short campaign against several household names, Sestak failed to gain any real traction among the public and never qualified for a spot in any of the previous five Democratic primary debates.

Sestak, a former US representative from Pennsylvania who turns 68 next week, qualified for none of the Democratic debates and failed to register even 1 percent in most opinion polls. While Sestak defeated Specter, a Republican turned Democrat, he lost to Republican Pat Toomey in the general election.

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