Specter Says He’ll Run in 2010

By Jake Whitman

Mar 20, 2007 5:21am

ABC’s Jake Whitman Reports:  Sen. Arlen Specter, R-PA, says he’ll run for reelection in 2010.

"There are a lot of important things to be done," he told The Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "I’m full of energy, and my wife doesn’t want me home for breakfast, lunch and dinner."

Already the longest-serving senator Pennsylvania has elected, Specter turned 77 on Feb. 12.

He would be nearly 81 years old if elected to a sixth six-year term in 2011. And that means he would be nearly 87 at the end of that term.

Specter will likely face questions about his health.

In 2005, he underwent chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymph system.

Spector says his doctors have called him "symptom-free."

Specter cited ballooning costs of modern campaigns as a reason to quickly launch his run.  He has a major fund-raising event planned for April 4 in Philadelphia.

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