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President to stump for Sestak after opposing him in Pa. Senate primary

President Obama will campaign with Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) later this month, the candidate the White House publicly opposed during the Democratic primary earlier this year.

Sestak, who’s locked in a tough Senate race with former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), will appear with the president in Philadelphia on Sept. 20. 

{mosads}”We’re honored that the president would do an event with Joe during his trip to Pennsylvania,” Sestak spokesman Jonathon Dworkin told the website Politics PA in an e-mail. “He and Joe may have had their differences, but they can agree that it is critical to elect a senator who will put Pennsylvania’s working families first.” 

The White House backed Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) in the Democratic primary. Obama campaigned and raised money for Specter in his race against Sestak. 

Earlier this summer, Sestak hedged on whether he wanted a campaign visit from Obama ahead of November, telling reporters that he would welcome campaign help from first lady Michelle Obama.  

—This post was updated at 10:12 a.m.

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