Arlen Specter

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Arlen Specter

Arlen J. Specter (February 12, 1930October 14, 2012) was an American lawyer, author and politician who served as a United States Senator from Pennsylvania from 1981 to 2011. Specter was a Democrat from 1951 to 1965, then a Republican from 1965 until 2009, when he switched back to the Democratic Party. First elected in 1980, he is the longest-serving senator from Pennsylvania, having represented the state for 30 years.


  • There is just no sensible, logical reason why we would not make use of stem cell research.
  • 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.
  • There ought to be a million-person march on the Mall... that can be heard in the living quarters of the White House.
  • We're all looking for a plan that will work. The current plan is not working, and 21,500 additional troops -- it's a snowball in July. It's not going to work.
  • I would suggest respectfully to the president that he is not the sole decider. The decider is a shared and joint responsibility.
    • In a hearing on Congress's War Powers (January 30, 2007).
  • Resolutions are flying like snowflakes around here.
    • In a hearing on Congress's War Powers (January 30, 2007).
  • I didn't want to get into a political debate with him, but my patience was running thin...My shorts were getting a little tight.
    • About disagreeing with President Bush on Iraq (January 30, 2007) [1].

About Arlen Specter[edit]

  • I had a special project to do a campaign for a Philadelphia politician named Arlen Spector [sic]. “When do I get to see Arlen Spector?” I asked. “You don’t.” Spector was a district attorney in Philadelphia, running for mayor. He wanted New York advertising but he had placed through a Philadelphia agency. I complained about not being able to see Arlen Spector. “Are you crazy?” his people said. “Nobody gets to meet Arlen Spector. We can’t even see him.” “All right,” I said, “what’s Arlen Spector for?” “Arlen Spector is for getting elected.” “All right,” I said, “what’s Arlen Spector against?” “Arlen Spector is against losing.” I did the campaign, but Arlen Spector lost.
    • Jerry Della Femina, From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-Line Dispatches from the Advertising War (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1970), chap. 13.

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