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By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

Pennsylvania is a very tough state; people don't last long in Pennsylvania politics.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arlen Specter

When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

As I think through the issue of funding the rebuilding of Iraq, I think about the analogy of a bankruptcy proceeding. There is no doubt that Iraq as a country is bankrupt.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arlen Specter

When Pat Robertson says there is no constitutional doctrine of separation of church and state, I say he is wrong.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arlen Specter

Whatever my party affiliation, I will continue to be guided by President Kennedy's statement that sometimes party asks too much.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arlen Specter

There is no higher value in our society than integrity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arlen Specter

The passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, recognizing the potential danger that the aircraft they were aboard posed to large numbers of innocent Americans, American institutions, and the symbols of American democracy, took heroic and noble action to ensure that the aircraft they were aboard could not be used as a weapon.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arlen Specter

We will submit legislation to the United States Senate which will...authorize the Congress to undertake judicial review of those signing statements with the view to having the president's acts declared unconstitutional.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

I am opposed to anybody making a decision for you or me or anybody else about what health care plan we should have.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arlen Specter

Today the Internal Revenue Code constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. A flat tax would be an enormous step forward.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

If you are going to have to play defense all the time, you cannot have the kind of ingenuity, assertiveness, independence, and intelligence which is what has made our country strong.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

I'd make - before I'd elect somebody - I'd make him do town meetings and face the people and then I would insist that the person not run on a platform of no compromising. The meaningful thing that the leaders could do would be to be dedicated to a discussion across the isle, to vote their consciences and not to follow the strict party line. I think that would lead to sensible decisions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

Effective security measures do not come cheap.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

If we had pursued the war on cancer which President Nixon declared in 1970, Jack Kemp might be alive today.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arlen Specter

The solicitor general is sometimes referred to as the 10th Supreme Court justice - a pretty important position.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

If enough people would come out the right wing, the extremists couldn't dominate.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arlen Specter

Was the Vietnam conflict a war which should have, as a matter of constitutional law, required a declaration of war by Congress?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

My tenure in the Senate was really as an independent and whichever, regardless of party label.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arlen Specter

The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision rejected Congress' findings and its method of reasoning, .. Is there any real justification for the court's denigrating Congress' 'method of reasoning'?.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

I beat a brain tumor.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

It's a rarity when someone takes a political risk in Washington today in the public interest.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

I would suggest respectfully to the president that he is not the sole decider. The decider is a shared and joint responsibility.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arlen Specter

To put more American personnel in harm's way without a realistic chance for success is something I'm not in favor of. And a realistic chance for success depends upon having the Iraqis with the will and the ability to fulfill their share of the bargain, and so far they have not.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

As a matter of traditional and sound constitutional doctrine, an amendment to the Constitution should be the last resort when all other measures have proved inadequate.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

The best way to reduce the cost of medical care is to reduce the illness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

It has been my experience that the hearings are really, in effect, a subtle minuet, with the nominee answering as many questions as he thinks necessary in order to be confirmed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

I must say I am not pleased to have to arrange the Senate schedule around the availability of Senators who are running for President.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

I served as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee. Let me tell you, it's tough to find out what the CIA is doing. They led us astray on the weapons of mass destruction that they said Saddam Hussein found. We sent out Collin Powell, Secretary of State, former National Security Counselor, chief of staff, four star general, couldn't find it out. I'd be reluctant to cut into term limits. I think if the voters would become informed and aroused, they could impose the proper limits on the guys who ought to be out.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

The First Amendment freedom of religion is as important today as when the Bill of Rights was first written.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

Separation of power says the judiciary committee is supposed to confirm qualified judges and then what the Supreme Court does, that is their function, not my function.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

But one way or another, judges perform a very vital function in our society. They have a risky job and they are entitled to security.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

My definition of winning at squash is playing and surviving, and I've never lost a match.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

I have not taken a position on that nuclear option. My view is I'm not going to do anything until I come to that bridge. I'm not going to jump off the bridge until I come to it

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

I think it's scandalous that we haven't done more to cure cancer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

Americans' addiction to sports, with the NFL at the top, is based on the excitement generated by the potential for the unexpected great play which can only happen with honest competition from great athletes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

It costs about $27 million to win a seat in the United States Senate, so when you win one, you like to sit down.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

I just was not going to subject my record to the bleak prospects of a primary election.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

'Never give in' was my mindset.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

The fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

Big money is ruining the political system.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

If Romney wants to make me responsible for ObamaCare, I've said I would be proud to be responsible for it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

Resolutions are flying like snowflakes around here.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

Do you believe today that the right to privacy does exist in the Constitution?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arlen Specter

When the students are occupied, they're not juvenile delinquents. I believe that education is a capital investment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

Neither this nation nor this party can afford a candidate so captive to the demands of the intolerant right that we end up re-electing a president of the incompetent left.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Arlen Specter

I am very much opposed to abortion personally. But I don't think it is the government's rule.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Arlen Specter

We don't need holy wars. What we need is tolerance and brotherhood and simple humanity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Arlen Specter

It is with unwelcome frequency that I find myself the deciding vote.