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GOP candidate for Pa. governor visits Shippensburg fair

July 27, 2010|By C.J. LOVELACE
  • Pa. Attorney General Tom Corbett
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SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett knows that he cannot bank on winning the larger areas of Pennsylvania when it comes time to vote this fall.

"From a political standpoint, we'd like to win everywhere in the state, but I'm not going to win the city of Philadelphia," Corbett said. "We need to make up the numbers here in places like this."

Corbett, the Republican candidate for governor, made an appearance at the 53rdannual Shippensburg Fair Monday night to talk with supporters and get to know the local rural communities.

He arrived at the fair, which is the largest bicounty fair in the state, at around 7 p.m., welcomed the contestants of the Shippensburg Fair Queen Pageant, and spent some time walking around and talking with supporters and potential voters.

"This really gives us a chance to see the people of Pennsylvania, talk to the people of Pennsylvania, hear their concerns," he said as he walked among the crowded walkways of the fairgrounds. "I really do enjoy making it to the fairs."

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Corbett, who is opposed by Democratic candidate Dan Onorato in the Nov. 2 race for governor, said he is committed to the agricultural areas of Pennsylvania.

"One of the things I've been very strong on is the agricultural issues," he said. "It's good to see and talk to the people in the agricultural community about their issues as much as little suburbs and in the cities."

While walking around, Corbett stopped and talked with people in several booths, including those of local fire companies, community organizations and Democratic supporters.

"They were a little surprised, but I do that at every fair I go to," he said of his visit to his competitors.

He also talked to local state Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland, who represents the 89th District.

"He needs Franklin and Cumberland counties to be out there in an enormous way to make sure he is victorious in November," said Kauffman, who will be at the fair all week. "These are parts of Pennsylvania that are very, very important to him."

Corbett gave a short address to attendees awaiting the Shippensburg Fair Queen Pageant and joked that he was "running for another office," which brought cheers of "governor!" from several in the crowd.

In current Rasmussen Reports polls, Corbett leads Onorato by 10 percentage points, so what's going to change for Pennsylvanians if Corbett is elected governor in November?

"We're going to cut the spending, we're going to bring fiscal discipline, we're going to bring limited government and let the free enterprise system, let competition, take over," Corbett said. "We've made ourselves, in the last eight years, uncompetitive with the rest of the country, so we're going to change that."

Corbett said he'd next be making trips to the southeastern part of the state later this week.

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