Former congressman Joe Sestak launches presidential campaign

Published: Jun. 24, 2019 at 4:23 AM CDT
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Former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak has become the latest Democrat to enter the presidential race.

The retired Navy admiral who calls himself "Admiral Joe" on his campaign website joins a crowded Democratic field seeking the nomination to challenge President Donald Trump. He was launching his longshot candidacy Sunday afternoon at a veterans' museum in Waterloo, Iowa.

Sestak decries what he calls "America's retreat from the world" and says strong action is needed to deal with climate change, corporate accountability and China's geopolitical threat.

Sestak served two terms in the House, and bucked party leaders by mounting two unsuccessful bids for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania.

He says he delayed his entry into the presidential race while his daughter battled brain cancer.

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