Toomey looks to capitalize on Ridge's announcement

Former Rep. Pat Toomey (R) piggy-backed off of former Gov. Tom Ridge's (R) announcement that he won't run for the Senate next year, even quoting Ridge in his response.

Toomey, who is now the leading candidate to take on Sen. Arlen Specter (D) next year, just put out the following statement:
"Tom Ridge is a true patriot and a leader. In his eloquent statement today, he said: 'My belief is that those in my home state can best be served by the principles of limited government, less taxes, competent governance and shared responsibility.' I agree with Governor Ridge's statement 100%. That is exactly the message I will carry to the people of Pennsylvania in my campaign for the U.S. Senate. It is a message that will not only unite the Republican Party, but more importantly, it is one that a majority of our fellow citizens can rally around, regardless of their party affiliation."

I don't know about you, but I read that as one big sigh of relief...

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