Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa, made a campaign stop at the Corner Room, 100 W. College Ave., Wednesday morning and met with voters, customers and constituents.
“We’ve got an election we’re trying to win and I want to meet with as many people in the state as possible,” Casey said. “This is a great campus, a great county and great state and that’s why I’m running for office.”
Casey entered the restaurant and was met with a warm welcome from the crowd gathered around the door. He shook hands with students who gathered toward the entrance of the restaurant and spoke with patrons as he made his way around the main seating area.
He took his time speaking with everyone and answered any and all questions from the crowd. Casey was well received but made the case that this election was as important as ever.
Casey said there are some important differences between him and his Republican opponent, Tom Smith.
Casey said the contrast is clear between him and Smith on many issues, such as Medicare, taxes, building the economy of the future and jobs.
“…the contrast is clear and people will know what’s at stake,” Casey said.
The Penn State College Democrats , took time out of their schedules of classes to meet up with Casey. Drew McGehrin , president of the group, said the meeting was a “comfortable and informal way” to get to meet and talk with a senator.
“Penn State is a huge force of the electorate and getting the students engaged as well as the State College residents engaged is important,” McGehrin said.
McGehrin said people seeing a sitting senator will become engaged and excited for the upcoming election.
Nick Aquilante (senior-political science) said it was great to finally meet Casey, someone he has wanted to meet for a few years.
“I’ve been a supporter of Bob Casey going back to when he ran for governor years ago,” Aquilante said.
Aquilante said he thinks the presidential election will be close especially in Pennsylvania . President Obama will win if he carries the swing states and voter turnout is high, he said.
The presidential, senatorial and all other state and local elections will be held on Nov. 6.