Former Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey, who was not allowed to speak at the 1992 Democratic convention because of his antiabortion stand, Friday became the first Democrat to file papers indicating he may challenge President Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination.
Casey delivered papers to the Federal Elections Commission to form the “Casey for President Exploratory Committee,” a step that could lead next month to a formal declaration of candidacy, aides said. The committee can collect funds as Casey decides whether to run for the White House.
Casey has been highly critical of Clinton, saying the president has loaded his administration with “radicals” and accusing the party of having a “moral deficit.”
Casey, elected governor in 1986, has had serious health problems.
He received a new heart and liver in life-saving surgery performed in 1993.