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Specter Switches Sides

Ian Scott on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 8:32:50 pm

Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter announced today that he is switching from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party, and will run for the senate in 2010 as a Democrat.  Specter faced a heated race in the Republican primary.

Sen. Specter released a statement today on www.politicspa.com.  Here is an excerpt:

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.

Specter did mention Card Check in his statement, saying:

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.

To read the full statement, click:
http://www.politicspa.com/Specter%20Switches.htm

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