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The Morning Call Endorses Roggio in the 6th

“Mr. Roggio would represent a big change.”

The Morning Call, with the 3rd largest number of readers of any Pennsylvania newspaper, endorsed Businessman Bob Roggio for Congress over 3-Term Incumbent Jim Gerlach.

The Morning Call

“Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District is one of the few truly competitive districts left in Pennsylvania. Rep. Jim Gerlach, the Republican incumbent, is running for a fourth term against a smart and thoughtful Democrat, retired businessperson Bob Roggio. Four years ago, John Kerry won the district by 3 percentage points, but Mr. Gerlach won his race by about 2 points. In 2006, his margin was 1 point....”

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Roggio/Gerlach Face Off in the 6th District

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Roggio: “There are two ways we could do a stimulus package and the way I would prefer is to actually start investing in infrastructure, hiring people, putting people to work and building our highways and actually repairing our bridges....”

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Gerlach vs. Roggio in the PA 6th

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Action News Reporter Vernon Odom

Retired small business owner Bob Roggio, from Malvern, is Gerlach's latest challenger. He puts the country's troubles squarely at the feet of President Bush and, by extension, Jim Gerlach.

“If you go to the key items that we really care about in the 6th district right now are the economy, health care, Iraq, and the environment,” Roggio said. “He has been tied in very closely to Bush on all four of those items.”

For the first time ever in the 6th, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans.

The Obama campaign has been a registration dynamo in Pennsylvania and other key battleground states.

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Gerlach ripped for opposing bailout

Philadelphia Inquirer

The day after U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) voted against the $700 billion financial bailout package, his Democratic opponent called the vote “derelict” and lacking courage.

“He deserves to be fired,” said Bob Roggio, a retired small-business owner from Chester County who is running for the Sixth Congressional District seat. “This proves he cannot handle the business of America.”

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On The Rescue Package: Profiles in Politics

Politics appeared to trump leadership in Washington yesterday

Philadelphia Inquirer

Led by a Republican uprising, the House rejected a $700 billion taxpayer bailout of the financial industry, further roiling financial markets. The Dow industrials fell 777 points - nearly 7 percent - after the bailout plan was voted down. It was the worst single point-drop ever.

Wall Street's latest Black Monday was a black eye on congressional leaders in the nation's Capitol.

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Democrats widen lead in battle for Congress


WASHINGTON (CNN) – Call it the overlooked election. An intense battle is going on right now for control of Congress, but it's overshadowed in the media by a historic race for the White House.

So which party has the upper hand in the fight for Capitol Hill?

The answer, according to a new national poll, appears to be the Democrats. In a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Tuesday, 56 percent of those questioned are backing the Democratic candidate for Congress, while 42 percent support the Republicans.

Read the complete article: Democrats Widen Lead in Battle for Congress

6th District Battle Could Be a Real Nail-Biter

Jewish Exponent

6TH DISTRICT, PA — If Pennsylvania has always been a battleground state for Republicans and Democrats, then the 6th congressional district -- an oddly carved-out area that encompasses parts of Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties, including Lower Merion Township -- has often served as the front line, a region where candidates and the national parties have spent millions of dollars in order to sway voters.

In three previous congressional elections, U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, a 53-year-old Republican, has never won by a margin larger than 2 percentage points....

Read the complete article: 6th District Could Be a Real Nail-Biter

Back to school: Shaky economy hits kids

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hard times and higher fuel prices will follow kids back to school this fall.

Children will walk farther to the bus stop, pay more for lunch, study from old textbooks and wear last year's clothes. Field trips? Forget about it.

This year, it could cost nearly twice as much to fuel the yellow buses that rumble to school each morning. If you think it's expensive to fill up a sport utility vehicle, try topping off a tank that is two or even three times as big.

At the same time, costs for air conditioning and heating, cafeteria food and classroom supplies are mounting, all because of the shaky economy. And parents have their own tanks to fill.

The extra costs present a tricky math problem: Where can schools subtract to keep costs under control?

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White House Predicts $482 Billion Deficit

New York Times

WASHINGTON — The White House predicted Monday that President Bush would leave a record $482 billion deficit to his successor, a sobering turnabout in the nation’s fiscal condition from 2001, when Mr. Bush took office after three consecutive years of budget surpluses.

The worst may be yet to come. The deficit announced by Jim Nussle, the White House budget director, does not reflect the full cost of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the potential $50 billion cost of another economic stimulus package, or the possibility of steeper losses in tax revenues if individual income or corporate profits decline.

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NPR: Gerlach targeted again in the 6th Congressional District

NPR - WHYY Radio Philadelphia

“An election battle is underway in the 6th Congressional District.” Elizabeth Fiedler interviews the candidates and experts such as Terry Madonna on Pennsylvania's uniquely competitive 6th Congressional District race.

Listen to the MP3: Elizabeth Fiedler reports

Bob Roggio opens campaign HQ

Phoenixville News

Bob Roggio, the Democrat running for the 6th District congressional seat, said that the economy is his top concern going into the November election. Speaking to supporters at the grand opening of his Malvern campaign headquarters, the retired business executive said that America can get its economy back on track by investing in education, infrastructure and alternative energy....

He blamed the country's current problems on the Bush administration and on U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, the 6th District's Republican incumbent, who he said has continually supported Bush.

“Americans have known for years that if we get the right leadership, we can always turn ourselves around," he said. "We want to make sure each generation gives a better America to their children and grandchildren, and I want to go to Washington to work towards that goal.”

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Democrats continue outpacing GOP in Penna.

Philadelphia Inquirer

The trend is especially pronounced in Philadelphia's suburbs, where Democratic leads acquired in Montgomery and Bucks Counties in the primary season have already grown. In Montgomery County, Democratic Commissioner Joseph M. Hoeffel III reacted with some glee to numbers that showed his party had increased its advantage from 10,001 voters on April 22 to 13,784 as of yesterday.

“It should humble some of the braggarts of the Republican Party," he said, "and confirm that the county is changing.”

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Press Archive — February - June 2008

6.23.2008 Daily Local
Gerlach supports offshore drilling - Roggio against it
5.15.2008 Daily Kos
Bob Roggio: Future Congressman
3.21.2008 Philadelphia Inquirer
More Democrats, Fewer Republicans in Pennsylvania
2.27.2008 The Bulletin
Roggio Tabbed As Democratic Contender Versus Gerlach
2.25.2008 Reading Eagle
Bob Roggio aims to end the war in Iraq and fix the nation’s economic problems
2.21.2008 Philadelphia Inquirer
Montco Democrats endorse Roggio for Congress
2.27.2008 Philadelphia Inquirer
Checso Dems make endorsement
2.26.2008 Philadelphia Inquirer
Chester Co. Dems endorse Roggio