Ex-Congressman Joe Sestak announces presidential candidacy

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Former Congressman Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) announced Sunday that he is joining the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

“I’m Joe Sestak,” he said in a video posted to his campaign website, “and I wore the cloth of the nation for over 31 years in peace and war, from the Vietnam and Cold War eras to Afghanistan and Iraq and the emergence of China.”

Sestak, a retired Navy admiral, served two terms in Congress, from 2007 to 2011.

Sestak ran two unsuccessful campaigns for the Senate. He beat then-Sen. Arlen Specter, who changed parties to run as a Democrat in 2010, after brushing off Obama administration attempts to discourage him from running. He then lost to Republican Pat Toomey in the general election. He challenged Toomey in 2016, and lost again.

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