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Specter To Switch Parties And Run As A Democrat In 2010

Think Progress- By Amanda Terkel at 12:05 pm

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter today announced that he will be switching his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and will run in 2010 as a Democrat. The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza writes:

Specter’s decision would give Democrats a 60 seat filibuster proof majority in the Senate assuming Democrat Al Franken is eventually sworn in as the next Senator from Minnesota. (Former Sen. Norm Coleman is appealing Franken’s victory in the state Supreme Court.)

“I have decided to run for re-election in 2010 in the Democratic primary,” said Specter in a statement. “I am ready, willing and anxious to take on all comers and have my candidacy for re-election determined in a general election.”

“Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans.”

CNN’s Dana Bash called the news “seismic.” CNN’s Ed Henry said that the President heard about Specter’s shift at 10:25 a.m. He then called Specter and said, “You have my full support and we’re thrilled to have you.”


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