Just three days before the Democrats took control of Congress, several key candidates appeared at a rally at Cabrini College.
While recieving an ovation, Senator Bob Casey, Governor Ed Rendell, Congressman Joe Sestak, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Al Gore urged America to vote for change.
“We have one message. Change,” Sestak said.
Casey and Rendell spoke about Pennslyvania’s repeated dedication to improving energy policies and its hope to become the first state in America to cover all of its children with health insurance.
“We will not let politics divide our nation any longer,” Casey said as each of his statements was met with cheers from the crowd.
“Our campaign is about honesty, stability and accountability,” then House Speaker candidate Nancy Pelosi said.
“We are going to address issues like minimum wage, stem cell research, energy independence and the creation of jobs,” Pelosi said.
Al Gore took the stage much to the delight of the crowd and invited the families of the candidates to share the stage with them.
Fresh off the success of his global warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, Gore spoke of how Pennsylvania has become a leader among states in renewable energy and environmental policies.
Gore also promised that if Democrats took control in Congress they would provide checks and balances for the president.
“We cannot have too much power in the hands of one person or a small group,” Gore said. “We need a Congress that will exercise independent judgment and not just go along with everything that is handed down from the executive branch.”
On November 7, the voters responded.