Arlen Specter to run as a dem

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  1. RunningOnMT

    RunningOnMT New Member

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    Just heard that Sphincter has announced plans to run as a democrat in upcoming election. It's about time.
     
  2. artabr

    artabr New Member

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    You beat me to it.
    Great minds think alike. ;) :D


    Arlen Specter Switching Parties Today




    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=31639


    HUMAN EVENTS has learned from staff sources that Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa) is about to announce his switch to the Democratic Party. Developing….


    Great comments in the link.



    Art
     
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  3. thomas44

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    Good riddance ! Asta Lavista ! Syanara ! Have fun with your socialist buddies !
     
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    I can probably think of half a dozen or so RINO's he could take with him...
     
  5. artabr

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    http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0409/Specters_statement.html


    April 28, 2009
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    Specter's statement: "Not defined" by party

    Statement by Senator Arlen Specter

    I have been a Republican since 1966. I have been working extremely hard for the Party, for its candidates and for the ideals of a Republican Party whose tent is big enough to welcome diverse points of view. While I have been comfortable being a Republican, my Party has not defined who I am. I have taken each issue one at a time and have exercised independent judgment to do what I thought was best for Pennsylvania and the nation.

    Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.

    When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party. But, I saw the stimulus as necessary to lessen the risk of a far more serious recession than we are now experiencing.

    Since then, I have traveled the State, talked to Republican leaders and office-holders and my supporters and I have carefully examined public opinion. It has become clear to me that the stimulus vote caused a schism which makes our differences irreconcilable. On this state of the record, I am unwilling to have my twenty-nine year Senate record judged by the Pennsylvania Republican primary electorate. I have not represented the Republican Party. I have represented the people of Pennsylvania.

    I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary.

    I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.

    I deeply regret that I will be disappointing many friends and supporters. I can understand their disappointment. I am also disappointed that so many in the Party I have worked for for more than four decades do not want me to be their candidate. It is very painful on both sides. I thank specially Senators McConnell and Cornyn for their forbearance.

    I am not making this decision because there are no important and interesting opportunities outside the Senate. I take on this complicated run for re-election because I am deeply concerned about the future of our country and I believe I have a significant contribution to make on many of the key issues of the day, especially medical research. NIH funding has saved or lengthened thousands of lives, including mine, and much more needs to be done. And my seniority is very important to continue to bring important projects vital to Pennsylvania's economy.

    I am taking this action now because there are fewer than thirteen months to the 2010 Pennsylvania Primary and there is much to be done in preparation for that election. Upon request, I will return campaign contributions contributed during this cycle.

    While each member of the Senate caucuses with his Party, what each of us hopes to accomplish is distinct from his party affiliation. The American people do not care which Party solves the problems confronting our nation. And no Senator, no matter how loyal he is to his Party, should or would put party loyalty above his duty to the state and nation.

    My change in party affiliation does not mean that I will be a party-line voter any more for the Democrats that I have been for the Republicans. Unlike Senator Jeffords' switch which changed party control, I will not be an automatic 60th vote for cloture. For example, my position on Employees Free Choice (Card Check) will not change.

    Whatever my party affiliation, I will continue to be guided by President Kennedy's statement that sometimes Party asks too much. When it does, I will continue my independent voting and follow my conscience on what I think is best for Pennsylvania and America.




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    Oops... Nevermind.
     
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    Too bad he's not bringing McCain and a bunch others with him.
     
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    To Arlin: Don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya. Enjoy the socialism.
     
  9. artabr

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    1 down. 2 to go.




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    Wow, Arlen what a surprise! (Sarcasm on) You've always been there for us. Hope you find a lot of like-minded dip wads to hang with. TJ
     
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    Typical Narsisist. It is all about him and what helps him. No one nor nothing else matters.

    While he is a narsisist, he has a long way to go to top the Big O.
     
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    Says he's going to do what's right for the country, not the party. Maybe being down 21 percent in the polls has something to do with it. Spector going to do what's right for
    Spector.
     
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    Hannity plated a sound bite from about six weeks ago where Spector said he would never leave the Republican party. Now, six weeks later, look what happened! The guy is shameless as most libs are. GOOD RIDDANCE!!!!!!

    Oh yeah, Hannity said the e-mails he received on this subject, mostly referred to Spector as "Benedict Arlen"
     
  14. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

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    Typical politician that will do whatever it takes to keep his life in the Senate. Let's face it, how many Jewish Republicans are there in the government? He played the game way back when he was in a Republican world. Now he turns face as he sees the yo-yo constituents thinking that Democrats are the way to go. The slimeball shows his true colors!

    TERM LIMITS IS THE ANSWER. SIX YEARS MAX FOR ANY PUBLICK OFFICE.
     
  15. whitemach

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    trying to save his political a$$:mad: