In a pre-emptive strike on Pat Toomey -- before the Republican's press conference on deficit spending in Green Tree today -- Joe Sestak went on MSNBC to talk about the nation's ballooning deficits during Toomey's time in Congress.
When the anchor steers him to talk about Obama's deficits, the ex admiral compares them to one of his first jobs in the Navy:
Well, it is interesting, you know, my first job in the United States navy, Contessa, back in the Vietnam War era was damage control officer in case the ship was ever hit. I had to control the damage. My first job when I got to Congress, and I arrived the year the recession began, was controlling the damage. As George Bush left, in the next six months, 3 million jobs were lost. And yet, in the last six months, we've gained nearly 1 million jobs with the efforts that we've done down there with the president. So we had to control the damage that well Congressman Toomey did when he said throw out the window the requirement that President Clinton had had of pay as you go. You want a new program, cancel another one, but balance the budget. And then the president and we have now put that back in place. So we had to control the damage and frankly it took some tough votes, but now we're gaining jobs. Is it tough? Sure it is because of the damage they did.