Sen. Arlen Specter told an audience of union activists Thursday that he supports the public health insurance option currently being considered by Congress as part of the healthcare overhaul.
“I know you are very interested in the public component and I think Senator Schumer has the right idea about having a public component,” Specter said at a rally held at the Capitol City Brewery near Union Station. The remarks were first reported by The Morning Call’s Pennsylvania Avenue political blog.
The statement signaled a dramatic shift, apparently brought on in anticipation of a tight race in the Democratic Primary against Rep. Joe Sestak. One new poll shows Specter’s favorability rating at a 17-year low. Read More
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Specter’s numbers dive since ‘conversion’
Only 28 percent of all those surveyed say that he deserves re-election, according to the latest Keystone Poll, and double that number say it’s time for a change.
Specter’s party switch, announced April 28, has hurt his job-performance ratings among Democrats as well as Republicans, according to a telephone survey of 498 registered voters, conducted last week by the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin & Marshall College. Read More
Arlen Specter is a laugh, will do anything to get re-elected no matter what it will do to the American people!