PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Despite a double digit lead in the polls, Democrat Tom Wolf was back on the campaign trail, this time at the Bidwell Training Center in Manchester, where he heard about efforts to train high school students in a wide range of arts from culinary to pottery to photography.

“The 1957 Kodak Duoflex is actually a very nice version,” Wolf reminisced. “I had a cheap — what was, Brownie, right.”

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And then he listened to some Pittsburgh-produced jazz recorded by Marty Ashby of MCG Jazz that has won a number of Grammys.

Wolf confessed, “I played the sousaphone. I used to when I was in high school. I played both the tuba and the sousaphone, and I played the e-flat tuba.”

Following the tour, Wolf hailed Bidwell’s commitment to public education.

“We want to deliver on the promise of a good education. We’ve got to understand that we’ve got to look for fresh ideas, imagination, and when you come to a center like this it’s just alive with new ideas, imagination,” he said.

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Wolf said he was pleased the feds approved Medicaid expansion for Pennsylvanians even if he’s not so sure about Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to implement it, he told KDKA political editor Jon Delano.

Delano: “Are you going to tweak this whole program, or are you going to just let it go in place the way Gov. Corbett has proposed?”

Wolf: “Well, I’ve always said I think the easy thing and the best thing at this point is just expand Medicaid.”

Wolf says that would provide more affordable health care to a greater number of Pennsylvanians than the Corbett plan.

So if elected, says the Democrat, “If it’s an easy thing to do, I would just as soon go back to what I’ve always wanted — which is just the simple expansion of Medicaid as a step towards universal access to health care.”

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