Former Pennsylvania environmental secretary and U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty received the high-profile endorsements from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
“I am proud to endorse Katie McGinty to be Pennsylvania’s next United States Senator,” said Pres. Obama in a press release on McGinty's website this morning. “Katie is a true champion for working families, with a proven record of taking on big challenges and delivering for people. She spent her entire career working to promote clean energy and combat climate change, and worked closely with my administration to implement the Affordable Care Act and expand Medicaid coverage to more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians. I know Katie will take that same tenacity and drive with her to the Senate to ensure affordable, available heath care, to protect Social Security and Medicare, and to uphold and enforce Wall Street reforms.”
Biden cited McGinty's family experience as the "ninth out of ten children, the daughter of a restaurant hostess and a police officer" as giving her the know-how to work hard.
"Katie’s voice is sorely needed in the Senate to advocate for equal pay for women, a raise in the minimum wage, college affordability, and a quality education for every child," he said in the press release.
McGinty touted the endorsements in several tweets this morning:
"I am thrilled to endorse Katie McGinty because she’ll be there for Pennsylvania’s middle class families, day in and day out.”— Katie McGinty (@KatieMcGintyPA) March 30, 2016
For more context on McGinty's campaign, City Paper has covered McGinty's thoughts on upward mobility for young people, economic plan for women, her stances on fracking and affordable housing, among other statements and debate appearances.
McGinty is facing former U.S. Rep. and Navy Admiral Joe Sestak and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman for the Democratic nomination to face incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.
According to an early-March Harper Poll, Toomey led all Democratic candidates among voters, but Sestak polled best against him.
The Pennsylvania primary is on April 26.