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Senator Arlen Specter: I AM Running as a Republican on the Republican Ticket

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Arlen Specter and Biden

Vice President Joe Biden, center right, and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., center left, shake hands as Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., left and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., applaud during a reception at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. The reception was held to honor Specter for his vote for the economic stimulus package

Specter may run as a Republican but may NOT win the GOP primary.

The Pennsylvania senior senator is not considering running as an Independent, as had been “reported” earlier Wednesday in The Hill.

“To eliminate any doubt, I am a Republican and I am running for re-election in 2010 as a Republican on the Republican ticket,’‘ Specter said Wednesday evening.

It was a dizzying day or two for Specter, who has been wooed by Gov. Ed Rendell and Vice President Joe Biden to return to his Democrat roots and switch parties. But the 79-year-old Specter is sticking with the GOP, even though the more conservative faction of the party has vowed to defeat Specter in a GOP primary.

However, should he lose the GOP primary to Club for Growth President Pat Toomey will Specter then rule out an independent run for the Senate?

He will play those cards later – obviously.


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5 thoughts on “Senator Arlen Specter: I AM Running as a Republican on the Republican Ticket

  1. PA law actually has a sore-loser clause in it that does not allow a person to run as an independent if they lose the party’s primary. Specter either has to swtich to the Dem party now, decide to run as an independent before being registered on the primary ballot, or stay a Republican. If he stays Republican and loses the primary, he is out of luck.

  2. The seat may very well go to the Democrats if Toomey beats Specter. But, as of today, I cannot see much difference between Specter’s votes and the votes of a moderate Democrat anyway.

    And, the 60 vote filibuster threshold will not be in play because of a number of open seats that may go GOP, including Dodd’s that may flip.

  3. He sold his soul to the devil when he voted against card check so I will be voting to replace him with a democrat.

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