Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) said Sunday that he’s hopeful that President Barack Obama will travel to Pennsylvania to campaign on his behalf for Senate despite Obama’s support for Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) in last week’s primary.

 “I would be honored to stand with the president of the United States,” said Sestak, who defeated Specter in Tuesday’s primary, on CBS’s Face the Nation.

 Asked if Obama would appear on his behalf, Sestak replied, “I hope so.”

Obama phoned Sestak on Tuesday night and told the candidate he had his support after he defeated the senator who has served for nearly three decades.

On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sestak was careful to stress that he would still feel free to exercise his independence even though he is the Democratic nominee.

"I've always described myself as an independent think person who believes in Democratic principles," he said.

The GOP has questioned that argument, saying that Sestak has voted with the Democrats 98 percent of the time despite saying he would buck leadership and the White House.

Cross-posted from the Briefing Room