At a press conference just 13 days ago at the Four Points Sheraton near Lehigh Valley International Airport, Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Penn., said if Rep. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., beat him in the GOP primary "we lose the seat in the fall. He’s to the right of Santorum who lost by 18 points after spending $31 million as a two term senator. All that is standing between the Democrats and an avalanche are the 41 Republican Senators to to filibuster. If he’s the nominee we lose the seat and you have card check, and you have tax increases and you have all of the big Obama spending programs."
He kept repeating this mantra.
"If we lose my seat they have 60 Democrats, they will pass card check, you will have the Obama tax increases, they will carry out his big spending plans. So the 41st Republican, whose name is Arlen Specter is vital to stopping tax increases, passage of card check, and the Obama big spending plans….Those 41 seats are the only thing standing between a Democratic onslaught of higher taxes, more spending and card check."
It was pointed out by a reporter that he voted for the $787 billion stimulus package.
"I voted for the stimulus package, which was the twin brother for what Republican President Bush had on the $700 billion bailout," the senator said. "I voted for the stimulus because I was fearful we were on the edge of a 1929 depression. I thought it was necessary in order to put people to work, in order to maintain productivity and to avoid paying massive man hours of unemployment compensation."
He was asked if he’d considered running as independent or Democrat.
"I am a Republican and I am going to run on the Republican ticket in the Republican primary," he said.
Asked how he responded to attempts by Toomey to link him to big spending programs, Specter said, "I voted against every tax increase, I have the backing of the taxpayers association, I supported a Constitutional amendment for a balanced budget and the line item veto. You can pick out a vote here or there. I have a very strong voting record on supporting a constitutional amendment for a balanced budget, line item veto. I voted against tax increases, voted to make the Bush tax cuts permanent…"