A conversation with former Sen. Arlen Specter
March 29, 2012
In his new memoir, "Life Among the Cannibals: A Political Career, a Tea Party Uprising, and the End of Governing As We Know It," former Pennsylvania Senator ARLEN SPECTER tells stories about his decades in politics, serving in the U.S. Senate as a moderate Republican from Pennsylvania. He writes about his controversial votes on President Barack Obama’s health care and economic stimulus laws, switching from the GOP to the Democratic Party in 2009, his 2010 primary loss, the birth of the Tea Party, and what he sees as the dysfunctional state of government caused by extremists on both sides of the aisle. In addition to advice about ending the gridlock that has come to define Congress, the book offers a collection of insider tales about what goes on behind the scenes – from negotiations in the Senate gym to the first time he met Sarah Palin. In this hour of Radio Times, Marty sits down with Arlen Specter to talk about his book, his career, politics, and a range of current events, including his take on the Obama presidency and the 2012 election.