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January 2, 2012 | By Paul West
As Rick Santorum rises in the polls, the Republican presidential candidate is receiving fresh scrutiny over his endorsement of moderate Republican incumbent Arlen Specter against a strong conservative challenger in the 2004 GOP Senate primary in his home state of Pennsylvania. At the first two stops of his final swing through western Iowa, the most conservative part of the state and his stronghold, Santorum was questioned about his endorsement of Specter, an abortion-rights supporter.
August 13, 1995 | From Reuters
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) met with white separatist Randy Weaver on Saturday as part of a planned congressional probe into the deadly standoff at Ruby Ridge, Ida. "I'm not prejudging the matter," Specter said. "My subcommittee is going to pursue this and find out what the facts are, wherever they may lead. And I'd like to tell you, Mr. Weaver expressed his appreciation for having the oversight hearing."
April 29, 1992 | CATHLEEN DECKER
A political newcomer who fueled her longshot bid for office on anger stemming from the sexual harassment charges against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas won the Democratic Senate nomination Tuesday in Pennsylvania. Lynn Yeakel, 50, became the second woman his year to use the issue to upset a better-known male political veteran, defeating Lt. Gov. Mark Singel. "Somebody said it couldn't be done.
September 20, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to discussing the man who is running to replace him, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter would prefer the aptly named game of squash. Specter, 80, was among those who greeted President Obama on Monday when the president arrived in Philadelphia to campaign for Joe Sestak, who defeated Specter in the Democratic primary. The White House had strongly backed Specter, who converted to the Democratic Party last year, helping it to control the Senate where he had served as a top Republican since 1980.
August 26, 2005 | From Associated Press
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has asked the FBI to hand over all information about a secret military intelligence unit that purportedly identified a leading Sept. 11 hijacker, Mohamed Atta, as a terrorist a year before the attacks. This month it became known that two officers, Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer and Navy Capt. Scott Philpott, had contended that a unit code-named "Able Danger" searched large amounts of data for patterns to identify Atta in 2000.
February 17, 2005 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), who as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is a key player in the congressional battles over President Bush's judicial nominees and efforts to overhaul the legal system, announced Wednesday that he had been diagnosed as having Hodgkin's disease. Specter, who turned 75 on Saturday, said he would undergo chemotherapy every two weeks for up to 32 weeks at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
November 22, 1995 | From Associated Press
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), languishing with scant resources and little visible support for his moderate message, prepared Tuesday to end his Republican presidential campaign. Specter's departure from the race would leave a GOP field of eight candidates dominated by conservatives. He planned a formal announcement of his decision today in Philadelphia. "I'm not going to go into debt," Specter said Tuesday during a visit to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
April 13, 1995 | LESLIE BERKMAN
Although defense of abortion rights has been a major theme of his bid for the presidency, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania deftly skirted the issue Wednesday in his first campaign trip to Orange County. In fact, when the 65-year-old senator entered the auditorium at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace to address a group of Republican partisans, he left the issue outside, where about 20 anti-abortion demonstrators peacefully protested his appearance here.
May 9, 2012 | By Michael McGough
The easy - but still important - thing to say about Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's involuntary retirement is that it deprives the Senate of a long-serving, studious and open-to-compromise wise man. In an eloquent statement after his defeat by conservative State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, Lugar echoed retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) in decrying partisan extremism and polarization. “ If that attitude prevails in American politics,” he warned, “our government will remain mired in the dysfunction we have witnessed during the last several years.” But there seems to be more to Lugar's defeat than impatience with his bipartisan approach.
Asserting that he alone has the courage to stand his ground, Pennsylvania senator and GOP presidential candidate Arlen Specter chided his fellow aspirants Tuesday for failing to confront the looming presence of what he termed religious-oriented "fringe" elements in the Republican Party. Since his announcement for President last month, Specter has sought to claim the moderate ground in a party whose successes have most recently come from the conservative flank.
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