Casey says he fears high court will undo health care gains

July 13, 2018
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lou Barletta speaks to the Pennsylvania American Legion Convention, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Harrisburg, Pa. Barletta, in his fourth term in the U.S. House, is challenging Pennsylvania's Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in the November election. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate Race (all times local):

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is maintaining his opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, saying he fears the court would undo gains in health insurance for Americans.

Casey spoke at a rally Friday in Philadelphia with Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who’s headlining a pair of fundraisers for Casey.

Casey is seeking a third term in November’s election and is being challenged by Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of northeastern Pennsylvania.

Casey says nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s name came from a list of candidates that’s a “corrupt bargain” between Trump, the hard right and corporate special interests.

Barletta badly lags Casey in fundraising. No independent poll puts Barletta within striking distance of Casey, but Barletta is a staunch supporter of Trump and expects campaign help from the president.


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Republican Senate candidate Lou Barletta says he doesn’t believe that a Supreme Court with a second appointee by President Donald Trump will overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling establishing a nationwide right to abortion.

Barletta said Friday, however, that states should have the right to outlaw abortion, but doesn’t think the court will allow it.

Barletta, of Hazleton, is serving his fourth U.S. House term and is challenging Democratic Sen. Bob Casey’s bid for a third term. Barletta supports Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Casey says he’ll oppose Kavanaugh.

Barletta badly lags Casey in fundraising with four months until November’s general election.

But Barletta says Trump’s commitment to campaign for him and Vice President Mike Pence’s fundraiser for him next week means they believe the race is winnable.

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