Specter aligns with Democrats

Posted: 4/28/2009 by Floyd in Labels: ,

Sen. Arlen Specter said in a statement that his views are more in line with Democrats and that in 2010 he will seek re-election on the Democratic ticket, but he also says that he will not be an automatic vote and some of his views will not change, and judging from his statement he feels the Republican party has drifted to far to the right to include his views;

Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania released this statement today.

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.


  1. Gran says:

    I heard this on NPR tonight, on my way home from work.

  1. Floyd says:

    It is good news however I knew that Arlen was kind of on the outside on a lot of issues, there must be some wiggle room there and the Conservatives need to think you can't alienate a large majority of Americans and expect to win any elections.