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Longtime GOP Sen. Arlen Specter becomes Democrat

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Veteran Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party on Tuesday, saying he has found himself increasingly "at odds with the Republican philosophy."

"This is a painful decision. I know I'm disappointing many of my colleagues," he said at a news conference announcing the move. "The disappointment runs in both directions.

"I'm putting principle at the top of the list," he added.

The switch puts Senate Democrats one vote shy of a filibuster-proof majority of 60 seats. They can reach the 60-seat mark if Al Franken holds his current lead in the disputed Minnesota Senate race.

"As the Republican Party has moved farther and farther to the right, I have found myself increasingly at odds with the Republican philosophy and more in line with the philosophy of the Democratic Party," Specter said.

"In the course of the last se

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  • Take McCain too.

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  • Arlen Spector started out as a democrat and then changed to GOP during the Reagan years because it was the party in power then.

    Arlen Spector = Opportunistic Douchebag

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  • do a search dup'er

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  • Salty old politician simply knows how to stay elected.

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  • The switch puts Senate Democrats one vote shy of a filibuster-proof majority of 60 seats. They can reach the 60-seat mark if Al Franken holds his current lead in the disputed Minnesota Senate race.

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    • I thought he won? The court sided with him a couple weeks back.

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    • Apparently he didn't yet. His outcome is being disputed. As it now stands, Minnesotans will have to wait until June, at the earliest, to learn who has won the six-month-old election battle. Franken, a former comedian, leads Republican incumbent Norm Coleman by 312 votes. Coleman has challenged the results to the state's Supreme Court, which has scheduled a hearing for June 1.

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    • Norm is just another sore loser and knows it.

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  • He makes me sick!!!

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  • When do we get to pawn off Olympia Snowe to the progressive socialists ??

    She's next ! Then McLame and then ... ????

    Does anybody remember the mass migration of conservative 'blue dog' democrat congressmen and senators that actually gave the GOP the majority soon after??

    the GOP accepted them, but unfortunately they didn't offer the RINO's in return at the time. The GOP has paid for that mistake for a long time

    It's about time, COnstitutional Conservatives take the party and rid th More..

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  • He knows his ass would be handed to him now in a Republican primary...so he's switching teams for the sake of political survival.

    This is a professional politician, one of the lowest forms of life on earth.

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Arlen. Take Olympia Snow and Susan Collins with you...

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  • He is a old washed up flaming liberal. I hope he sticks with the Commie Demarcates so he can be voted out the next time with Bama. Its too bad there isn't a third party , where's the Independent party ?

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  • A TRUE WHORE THE SON OF A WHORE

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  • He always was a flaming liberal, now he is just an honest one.

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  • I always liked Specter. He's honest and speaks his mind. Maybe he can talk some sense into the Democrats.

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  • 2 more years he will be gone one way or another. Senile old man.

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  • The headline should have read "Democrat finally admits he's a democrat". Good riddance you RHINO POS.

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    • You start having more riddance Republican Party will be forgotten.

      We'll just do a role check for Repubs in Congress, and that's it. Repubs will go back to their states to plan out with oil companies on how to have a Congressional comeback with the help of China.

      All China have to do is: "We won't buy your treasuries." And that's it. Repubs will be back to business. But we'll become a third world country while Repubs are su*king Chinese co*k to get power to create deteriorati More..

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    • That's a laugh.

      Q: Why is Al Gore large intestine like a submarine in the Chinese navy?

      A: Both are filled with chinese se(a)men.

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    • Might want to take a good look at the Rassmussen polls, pubs favored over dems. The dems are liberal socialist kiss asses to any other country that comes along.
      I thought Bush spent like a drunken sailor but this moron in the WH and the dem controlled house/senate make Bush look like a penny pincher.
      Spector voted for the Porkulus bill and now he can own it with the rest of the lib kiss asses.

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